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CPJ Highlights: April edition

CPJ releases Attacks on the Press

CPJ launched the 2017 edition of our annual publication Attacks on the Press at two events on April 25. The book, "The New Face of Censorship," explores the evolution of censorship tactics into sophisticated tools used to control the flow of information around the world.

Nearly 500 U.S. and international media outlets, including Newsweek, MediaFiled, The Boston Globe, the Press Gazette, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and the Somaliland Press, reported on the book's release. The book is available to read online or in a hard copy through Bloomberg Press, an imprint of Wiley. CPJ gratefully acknowledges the generous support from Bloomberg, which underwrites the annual publication of Attacks on the Press.

April 28, 2017 4:28 PM ET


CPJ Highlights: March edition

Standing in solidarity with the U.S. press

In recent months, CPJ has documented charges brought against at least 10 journalists who were covering protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota and Lee County, Iowa. We have consistently called on authorities to drop the charges against the journalists, most recently in a letter sent to the Morton County State's Attorney office in early March. The letter was co-signed by a coalition of free press organizations and others, including representatives from the Native American Journalists Association, Reporters Without Borders, and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

April 5, 2017 12:29 PM ET


CPJ Highlights: February edition

Press freedom in the US--and what CPJ's doing about it

CPJ continues to advocate for journalists and press freedom in the United States. In a February 25 op-ed published in The New York Times titled "Trump is damaging press freedom in the U.S. and abroad," CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon argued that the U.S. administration's attacks on the media undermine "trust by sowing confusion and uncertainty about what is true" and do damage outside the United States, "where America's standing as a global beacon of press freedom is being drastically eroded."

February 27, 2017 3:49 PM ET


CPJ Highlights: January edition

Meryl Streep's nod to CPJ leads to record-breaking number of donations

Meryl Streep calls for supporting CPJ in her acceptance speech at the 2017 Golden Globes ceremony. (AP/Invision/Jordan Strauss)

Earlier this month, Meryl Streep ascended the stage at the Golden Globes ceremony to accept the Cecil B. DeMille Award and gave a resounding speech about the importance of a free press in the United States.

January 31, 2017 8:23 AM ET

Impact   |   Pakistan, Turkey

CPJ Highlights: 2016 Edition

CPJ helps secure release of over 50 imprisoned journalists

Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein, pictured in a prison compound in Panama, was jailed for criminal defamation. (CPJ/Jan-Albert Hootsen)

On December 23, Okke Ornstein walked out of prison.

December 27, 2016 2:31 PM ET


Impact   |   Ecuador, El Salvador, India, Turkey

CPJ Highlights: December edition

Today is #GivingTuesday!

Please include CPJ in your plans for #GivingTuesday. For more on how CPJ upholds press freedom around the world, visit our website at

November 29, 2016 3:45 PM ET

Impact   |   Pakistan, Turkey, USA

CPJ Highlights: November edition

Note to our readers: CPJ plans to intensify our documentation of press freedom violations in the United States, following the election on November 8, 2016, of Donald Trump as president. During his campaign, Trump verbally attacked journalists, restricted access, threatened lawsuits, and promised to make legal action against the media easier under his administration.

We will have more details in next month's edition.

November 11, 2016 11:56 AM ET

Impact   |   Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia

CPJ Newsletter: Exhibit of jailed photographer's work moves to Photoville, journalist released from jail, and we join our partners at the UN

October edition

Next stop for exhibit of Shawkan's work: Photoville

A still from the Facebook Live video CPJ conducted at the Shawkan exhibition at the Bronx Documentary Center. (CPJ/Mustafa Hameed)

In mid-September, CPJ partnered with the Bronx Documentary Center to hold an exhibition of photographs taken by Mahmoud Abou Zeid, or Shawkan, a freelance journalist who has been imprisoned in Egypt since August 2013. Many of Shawkan's photos--from protests and celebrations in Tahrir Square to daily life in Cairo--were taken during the Egyptian revolution.

September 21, 2016 3:21 PM ET

Impact   |   Egypt, India, Iraq, Peru, Saudi Arabia

CPJ Newsletter: We fight back against defamation, highlight impunity in India, and host an exhibit on Shawkan's works

September edition

IOC creates mechanism for journalist complaints after CPJ consultation

In early August, we welcomed the creation of a press freedom complaints mechanism by the International Olympic Committee. The move followed years of advocacy with the IOC by CPJ and other rights groups to do more to hold governments that host the Olympic Games accountable for press freedom abuses.

September 1, 2016 2:00 PM ET


CPJ Newsletter: ECOSOC accepts our application, we announce IPFA winners, and more!

August edition

Pentagon updates Law of War Manual to recognize journalists' role in covering conflict

Frank Smyth, CPJ's security consultant, was stunned when he read the newly released Law of War Manual from the U.S. Department of Defense in June 2015. The manual included language that allowed journalists to be categorized as "unprivileged belligerents," which would allow military commanders to detain journalists indefinitely outside the rules of war.

"I was shocked that the manual failed to recognize the role and importance of independent reporting, while placing journalists in the same potential category as terrorists, saboteurs and spies," Smyth said.

August 2, 2016 1:05 PM ET
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