CPJ highlights World Press Freedom Day
In a new report marking World Press Freedom Day, CPJ listed
the world's top 10 most censored countries, where dictatorial control over news
coverage is achieved through a combination of propaganda, brute force, and
sophisticated technology. Eritrea, North Korea, and Syria topped the list, underscoring the fact that domestic
restrictions on information have broad implications for global geopolitical
CPJ also participated in World Press Freedom Day activities around
the globe, from Mexico
City to Rabat.
CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon spoke about combating impunity at an event
at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, which was hosted by the French
and Greek missions to the U.N. The event marked the fifth anniversary of a U.N.
resolution to protect journalists working in conflict zones and sought to
assess journalist security and map a way forward. In a video message, Simon
reflected on the resolution and its importance, and the need to prioritize
Elisabeth Witchel, CPJ's U.K.-based Impunity Campaign
consultant, also participated in a panel discussion marking the opening of a photo exhibition in London. The
event, which documented the fight for a free press in Mexico through photography,
was developed by the U.K.-based aid agency CAFOD in collaboration with CPJ and The
CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Bob Dietz participated in a video
panel discussion, organized by the U.S. Embassy to Sri Lanka and the Maldives,
in which he spoke about the right to information and the pivotal role of free
expression in the Sri Lankan reconciliation process.