Frank Smyth, the main author of this guide, is CPJ’s senior adviser for journalist security. Smyth is a veteran journalist who has specialized in armed conflict, organized crime, and human rights. He has reported from nations worldwide, including El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sudan, Jordan, as well as Iraq, where he was imprisoned for 18 days in 1991. Through the 1990s, Smyth investigated arms trafficking for Human Rights Watch. He has reported for CBS News, and written for The Nation, The Village Voice, The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, World Policy Journal, and Foreign Affairs. Smyth has testified on press freedom matters before the Organization of American States, the International Commission of Jurists, and the U.S. Congress. Smyth is the founder and executive director of Global Journalist Security, a firm that provides consulting and training services to journalists and others. He blogs regularly on journalist security issues for CPJ.
Danny O’Brien, who wrote the Information Security chapter, is CPJ’s San Francisco-based Internet advocacy coordinator. O’Brien has been at the forefront of the fight for digital rights worldwide, serving as an activist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He was an original staff member for Wired UK magazine and co-founded the Open Rights Group, a British digital rights organization. He has also worked as a journalist, covering technology and culture for New Scientist, The Sunday Times of London, and The Irish Times.
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