With CPJ Chairman Paul Steiger as moderator, the event attracted Japanese and foreign media. We covered a broad range of topics—from an unprecedented death toll fueled by the Maguindanao massacre in the Philippines to the crackdown in Iran—but we eventually circled back to a question that has come up in media interviews I’ve done here in Japan.
How are new technologies and the rise of social media changing the press freedom landscape?
Some of the changes are well-known and well
documented—citizen journalists sending photos of street demonstrations in
But new technologies are also changing the way CPJ carries out its press freedom advocacy. This is the subject of my introduction to Attacks on the Press which you can find here.
The reality in today’s media environment is that getting your
message out is more complex and challenging. But there are new and exciting
opportunities to engage a broad section of the public by using both traditional
and new media in ways that are mutually reinforcing. That’s one reason we are doing
different targeted events to mark the publication of Attacks on the Press in
The strategy for promoting our research is evolving, but the goal
is the same: We want to highlight the worst abusers, places such as the
(Reporting from Tokyo)