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Lauren Wolfe

Lauren Wolfe is the director of Women Under Siege, a project on sexualized violence and conflict at the Women's Media Center. While CPJ's senior editor, she wrote the CPJ report, "The Silencing Crime: Sexual Violence and Journalists." Previously, she was a researcher on two New York Times books on the 9/11 attacks.

Blog   |   Azerbaijan, CPJ, China, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia

Seen and heard at CPJ benefit: 'The pen is not broken'

Small in stature but strong in her words, Naziha Réjiba tells a reporter of all the things the Tunisian government does to try to frighten her. But Réjiba said that she will not be scared, that she will never allow such tactics to have power over her. Editor of Kalima, an online news Web site blocked in her own country, Réjiba was honored Tuesday at CPJ’s International Press Freedom Awards at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria for displaying just that sort of courage. Four other leading journalists were recognized as well. 

Blog   |   CPJ, USA

Walter Cronkite: ‘He still believed in it all’


The projected image of Walter Cronkite smiled out at a crowd of hundreds of journalists, family, and friends at a memorial in Manhattan today. From a lectern beneath this image, President Barack Obama spoke about the late CBS anchor’s steadfast professionalism, a quality never more needed than today, in the midst of severe political and financial pressures on journalism.

September 9, 2009 5:36 PM ET

Blog   |   Iran

Jailing the messengers in Iran

My friend and colleague Iason Athanasiadis spent three weeks in an Iranian prison last month. In the ongoing roundups of journalists since the June 12 election, Iason has seen his own friends and colleagues thrown in jail, including Majid Saeedi, a freelance photographer for Getty Images. 

July 17, 2009 10:40 AM ET


Blog   |   CPJ, Russia

Corrupt Russian police are a 'dark force' against press


Leonid Nikitinsky has a dry sense of humor. "Unless you are killed in a very interesting way, don't come and see me," he told an audience at CPJ's offices on Thursday. There are, after all, too many murders for him to cover, said Nikitinsky, right, a court reporter for Russia's Novaya Gazeta.

April 3, 2009 12:03 PM ET