CPJ Events

Past Events

Q&A with Edom Kassaye of Zone 9

Please join the Committee to Protect Journalists for a Q&A session with Edom Kassaye of the Zone 9 bloggers at Columbia Journalism School on January 26, 2017, from 12 to 2 pm. Along with four other bloggers from the Zone 9 collective, Kassaye was arrested and charged with incitement and terrorism in late April 2014. The charges were ultimately dropped, and Kassaye was released on July 8, 2015.

This event marks the launch of CPJ's #FreeThePress campaign, intended to raise awareness and take action on the cases of 10 journalists around the world imprisoned on anti-state charges such as terrorism.

WHAT: Q&A with Edom Kassaye of Zone 9

WHEN: Thursday, January 26, 2017, from 12 to 2 pm.

WHERE: Pulitzer Hall The Brown Institute, Columbia Journalism School, New York

Learn more about the #FreeThePress Campaign

January 26, 2017

Not the New Normal: How the Media Should Cover the Trump Presidency

Join Slate for a conversation with top editors in New York about how the news media can and should proceed to cover the Trump presidency. The panel will discuss strategies they are implementing at their outlets, and how journalists and media companies at large can play a bigger role in making sure that fact prevails over fiction in the coming months and years.

January 25, 2017

Internet Governance Forum

On December 6, join CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch at the Internet Governance Forum. The IGF is a multistakeholder platform that faciliates the discussion of public policy issues pertaining to the internet. On Monday, December 5 at 1P.M. Courtney is organizing a session on "Countering Violent Extremism and Human Rights Online."

In the wake of terrorist attacks around the world and the ongoing fight against ISIS and other violent extremist groups, preventing and countering violent extremism (CVE) has become a major policy agenda domestically and internationally. While governments have a legitimate interest in combatting terrorism, there is concern about the impact the CVE agenda is having on human rights online, particularly in the absence of compelling data that online CVE efforts are in fact stemming the flow of foreign fighters. Governments and public petitions have called for internet platforms to remove accounts and content that promote or support extremism, expanded surveillance and profiling online, and called for restrictions on encryption all under the banner of CVE. Marginalized and at-risk communities, journalists, and activists are at particular risk as authorities have enacted initiatives aimed at combatting extremism. A joint report by Special Rapportuers on freedom of expression have recognized the threats posed by CVE, but efforts need to be made to reconcile real security threats with respect for freedom of expression and press freedom online. This panel will explore this debate from various dimensions.

December 6, 2016

Your right to know relies on justice for journalists under attack

CPJ's Impunity Campaign consultant, Elisabeth Witchel will speak about causes of impunity and the findings of CPJ's 2016 Impunity Index. Other panelists include Guy Berger, Director, Division for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO, Tonia Samsonova, London Correspondent, Echo of Moscow radio station, Founder of 'The Question' and Ghias Aljundi, Journalism safety trainer and human rights consultant in the Middle East and North Africa. CFOM's International Director William Horsley will moderate.

November 9, 2016

Safety of journalists and ending impunity in conflict situations

The Permanent Mission of Greece to the United Nations and UNESCO
would like to cordially invite you
to an Interactive Panel discussion on


On the occasion of the
International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists
(2 November)
RSVP by Monday, 24 October: https://goo.gl/xXMsrP
Visitors' Entrance to UN Premises at 1st Avenue and 46th Street

October 27, 2016

"Meet the Press" panel discussion

CPJ Senior Advocacy and Communications Officer, Kerry Paterson, to take part in the "Meet the Press" panel discussion on October 20, 2016 at 6 p.m. The panel discussion is part of the Center for International Human Rights (CIHR) 2016-2017 Seminar Series on Human Rights and the Media. The panel will feature a select group of print and television journalists who cover human rights, as well as representatives from NGOs that work on human rights media coverage.


Dr. Shawna M. Brandle, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Kingsborough Community College.


Trenton Daniel, Associated Press

Daphne Eviator, Senior Counsel, Human Rights First

Thomas R Lansner, Visiting Faculty & Project Director, Social Accountability Media Initiative

Kerry Paterson, Senior Advocacy Officer, Committee to Protect Journalists

"Meet the Press" panel discussion

WHEN: October 20, 2016, 6-8 p.m. EST.

WHERE: John Jay College of Criminal Justic, Room 630T Haaren Hall

October 20, 2016

CPJ to join 2016 James Foley Freedom Run

CPJ staff and friends are joining many others in the U.S. and other countries for the James W. Foley Freedom Run. The event--a virtual run where supporters can take part from anywhere in the world--is scheduled for October 15, 2016. CPJ will hold its run in New York City. You can join the CPJ team and others, who will meet at 10 a.m. on Hudson River Greenway (W. 79th Street Boat Basin).

To participate in the virtual run with CPJ, please register here.

The event is organized by the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, an organization set up in memory of James Foley, a freelance war correspondent who was murdered by the militant group Islamic State in Syria in August 2014.

WHAT: James W. Foley Freedom Run

WHERE: Hudson River Greenway (W. 79th Street Boat Basin), New York.

WHEN: October 15, 2016, 10 a.m. EST

October 15, 2016

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