CPJ Events

Reporting the Refugee Crisis

During the past few weeks the media all over Europe have been extensively reporting on the refugee and migrant crisis. Despite most of them reporting responsibly, a number of questions have been raised about the limits of publishing sensitive images. The debate will focus on the importance of ethical reporting, the roles and responsibilities of media and journalists in countering stereotypes and hate speech in traditional and online media.

Join the European Broadcasting Union and the European Federation of Journalists for a moderated panel discussion followed by a Q&A. The panel will be moderated by Committee to Protect Journalists EU Correspondent, Jean-Paul Marthoz. The panellists will discuss whether it's feasible to factually tell a human-focused story that is highly emotional, without sensationalism and dehumanising migrants and refugees and, if so, how to do so.


Nicola Frank, EBU Head of European Affairs

Ricardo Guttierez, EFJ Secretary-General


Jean-Paul Marthoz, Committee to Protect Journalists EU Correspondent


Ana Gomez, MEP

Alain Genestair, editor in chief of Polska magazine.

November 2, 2015

Stop the killing of journalists! Prevention and justice to end impunity event

Taking place on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, UNESCO; along with Centre for the Freedom of the Media (CFOM) - Sheffield University; PEN International; and Article 19 will host journalists, international lawyers, human rights figures and policymakers to share their understanding of the acute situation regarding the issue of impunity for crimes against journalists, as well as potential responses from each of the actors involved.

The event will involve two panels, one including first-hand accounts of violence and impunity as well as reflections on the causes of impunity in conflict and non-conflict areas/situations and a second focusing on representative cases, shortcomings in state responses, justice systems and political accountability, as well as suggested courses of action to combat and end impunity. Additionally, it will involve a debate in which CPJ Impunity Campaign Consultant, Elisabeth Witchell, will take part.

November 2, 2015

All that glitters is not gold - The state of media freedom in the EU

In Germany, the editors of the political blog netzpolitik.org were recently accused of treason; in Hungary internal censorship is becoming increasingly common as pro-government media enjoy preferential treatment; in Spain, a highly controversial security law, known as the "Gag Law," evokes fears that journalists can no longer freely report from demonstrations.

What is the state of media freedom in the EU? How do surveillance and data retention laws influence journalists' working condition? Which role do nationalist politicians play in eroding press freedom in their countries?

While media freedom is enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the EU institutions have few tools to effectively counter attacks on media freedom. What is the way forward, how can we make sure that - in terms of media freedom - all that glitters is gold?

Hans H. Stein Director European Dialogue Programme, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom

Jean-Paul Marthoz EU Correspondent, Committee to Protect Journalists Author of "Balancing Act: Press Freedom at risk as EU struggles to match action with values"

Krisztina Stump Deputy Head of Unit, DG CONNECT, European Commission György Petöcz Journalist, Freedom Foundation Hungary

Lorenzo Consoli Journalist, Former chair, Association de la Presse Internationale

Niklaus Nuspliger Brussels Correspondent, Neue Züricher Zeitung

October 22, 2015

Stifling the Public Sphere: Media and Civil Society in Egypt, Russia, and Vietnam

Civil society and independent media play crucial roles in effective public policy-making and for improving public discourse. In countries such as Egypt, Russia, and Vietnam, it is clear that encouraging the development of civil society and independent media would help improve the quality of decision making on public policy, address rampant corruption, and more generally tackle the serious social and economic problems that each society faces. However, in these three cases, repression of civil society and the media is not just severe, but getting worse. These regimes' political priorities compel them to systematically crack down on the very institutions that are essential for meaningful reform and economic progress.

To better understand the current environment for media and civil society in three key countries, the International Forum for Democratic Studies has produced "Stifling the Public Sphere: Media and Civil Society in Egypt, Russia, and Vietnam." This report finds that while state-imposed limits on freedom of expression and association have produced an undeniably grim environment in all three cases, the existence of a powerful underlying desire for better information and more responsive governance remains. Please join us as report authors Zachary Abuza, Sherif Mansour, and Maria Snegovaya discuss how independent voices in these three countries are adapting to resist authoritarian repression.

Moderated by Christopher Walker, Executive Director, International Forum for Democratic Studies, the panelists include:

Zachary Abuza, Professor, National War College

Sherif Mansour, Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists

Maria Snegovaya, PhD Candidate in Political Science, Columbia University, and Columnist, Vedomosti

October 15, 2015

Ending Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists Commemoration Conference

Impunity towards crimes against journalists is considered not just a crime against the exercise of freedom of expression but against human rights more broadly. On October 9, 2015, CPJ Executive Director, Joel Simon, will speak at UNESCO's Ending Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists Commemoration Conference. The conference precedes the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists on November 2, 2015.

October 9, 2015

CPJ to launch report on European Union's press freedom record

The Committee to Protect Journalists will release its first report on the EU's press freedom record, Balancing Act: Press freedom at risk as EU struggles to match action with values, at a launch event in Brussels on September 29, 2015.

September 29, 2015

China and the United States: A 21st-Century View

Join CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon for a panel discussion on the political, economic and social ties between the U.S. and China, with a focus on the use of diplomacy and other means to support freedom of expression and religious liberty around the world. This program is part of the Newseum's "Freedom Week," taking place from Sept. 21 to 26, 2015.

Welcome:Gene Policinski

Moderator: Jeffrey Herbst


Winston Lord, former U.S. Ambassador to China

Joel Simon, executive director, Committee to Project Journalists

Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York

September 24, 2015

Conflict Reporting: Safety and Security in the Field

Join CPJ Deputy Director Robert Mahoney for a panel on conflict reporting. Risks for journalists covering conflict and political strife continue to rise each year, with a reported 38 journalists killed in 2015 alone and hundreds threatened, attacked, kidnapped and/or targeted. This panel of journalists and practitioners will explore the radically changing landscape of conflict reporting over the past decade, including how the press industry is assessing and responding to these increased threats against press freedom, digital security and the lives of journalists worldwide.

The panel will be moderated by Christina Piaia, Board President of the Chris Hondros Fund. Sawyer Alberi, lead instructor for RISC and Wilderness Medical Associates, and Ron Haviv, Emmy nominated, award-winning photojournalist and co-founder of the photo agency VII will also speak on the panel.

September 20, 2015

Journalism Safety Panel Discussion

Senior Adviser, Journalist Security, Frank Smyth of the Committee to Protect Journalists will participate in a round table discussion to analyze two proposed sets of industry principles.

September 14, 2015

APPNA Summer Convention

Join Asia Program Coordinator Bob Dietz at the 38th Annual Summer Convention of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America where he will speak on a panel about the dangers of working as a journalist in Pakistan.

August 15, 2015