CPJ's high-level advocacy has helped win the early release of imprisoned journalists, secure convictions in journalist murders, and enable positive legal reform in countries where the climate for free expression has deteriorated. All journalists should be able to report freely without any fear of harassment or retaliation. We will persevere in our fight to defend freedom of the press.

To learn more about CPJ's achievements, subscribe to "Impact" here. And, as always, thank you so much for your support. Please continue to join us in helping defend journalists all around the world.

Impact   |   Bangladesh, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Republic of Congo, Syria, Vietnam

CPJ Newsletter: A year in review

Over the past year, CPJ has documented anti-press violations all over the world, cases of journalists killed, imprisoned, abducted, or threatened in relation to their work. You can see all of our coverage at our website,

But here at CPJ Impact we also highlight those times when CPJ has stepped in and advocated for journalists under threat. This year, we made some vital gains in our fight to protect journalists and press freedom.

We know we couldn't have done this without your support. Please continue to join us in our important work.

December 26, 2015 8:30 AM ET

Impact   |   Brazil, Egypt, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Paraguay, Syria

CPJ newsletter: November 2015

Today is #GivingTuesday

Please include CPJ in your plans for #GivingTuesday. For more on the work you support, visit our website at

December 1, 2015 11:44 AM ET

Impact   |   Ethiopia, Peru, Tunisia, Turkey

CPJ newsletter: October 2015

CPJ advocacy vital in release of imprisoned journalists in Ethiopia

Members of the Zone 9 blogging group. (Endalkachew H/Michael)
October 28, 2015 11:33 AM ET


CPJ newsletter: September 2015

Dominic Kane, center, flanked by his Al-Jazeera colleagues Sue Turton, at left, and Peter Greste, at a press conference at CPJ's offices. All three have been convicted in absentia. (AP)

CPJ hosts press conference for journalists convicted in absentia in Egypt

September 30, 2015 3:58 PM ET


CPJ newsletter: August 2015

A protester holds up a photograph of Rubén Espinosa, who was killed after he fled Veracruz state. Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries for journalists. (Reuters/Henry Romero)

Demanding justice and security for journalists in Mexico

CPJ staff were shocked and saddened by the murder of photographer Rubén Espinosa, who was found dead in an apartment in Mexico City along with four women. The victims were shot in the head. Espinosa had fled the state of Veracruz in June and sought refuge in Mexico City, where he thought he would be safe. CPJ condemned the murder and called on authorities to mount a thorough investigation. "It is time for federal and local authorities to take action to combat the serious press freedom crisis facing Mexico," said Carlos Lauría, senior program coordinator for the Americas. Mexico ranks among the most deadly countries for journalists--with 34 journalists killed for their work since 1992, and another 42 cases in which the motive remains unconfirmed.

August 28, 2015 12:42 PM ET


News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, July 2015

CPJ calls Kenya on its "Broken Promises"

As U.S. President Barack Obama headed to Kenya and Ethiopia in July, CPJ launched a special report in Nairobi on the climate for press freedom in Kenya. The report, called "Broken promises: How Kenya is failing to uphold its commitment to a free press," found that a combination of legal and physical harassment, as well as concentration in media ownership, is making it increasingly difficult for journalists to work freely in Kenya.

CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon, and CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Sue Valentine met with Information and Communication Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi, who said President Uhuru Kenyatta was determined to create a culture and an environment that respected press freedom. The cabinet secretary pledged to ensure investigations into a brutal attack against two journalists in April and to further discuss the country's criminal defamation law.

But, as Simon observed at the press conference, if a commitment to delivering justice is to have meaning, it must bear results.

August 6, 2015 10:27 AM ET


News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, June 2015

Pushing for press freedom at European Games

Azerbaijan, which ranks in fifth place on CPJ's list of 10 Most Censored Countries, hosted the first-ever European Games in its capital, Baku, this month. One of the country's most prominent journalists, Khadija Ismayilova, has been in jail there since December 2014 for reporting on sensitive issues, including corruption and human rights. Ismayilova, who features in CPJ's Press Uncuffed campaign, is one of eight journalists in prison during the Games. Using the attention focused on Azerbaijan in the run up to the Games, CPJ joined the Sports for Rights coalition to highlight human rights abuses and corruption to Baku 2015 sponsors, Olympic committees, and international institutions. The coalition even convinced Bono from Irish rock band U2 to speak out for freedom of expression on stage in Montreal.

Azerbaijan responded to these efforts by blocking international journalists from covering the event, which garnered attention from CPJ board member Christiane Amanpour as well as the host of satirical TV show "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver. But the campaign created the necessary pressure on Azerbaijan to allow leading media freedom defender Emin Huseynov to leave the country. Huseynov, who spent 10 months in hiding at the Swiss Embassy in Baku to avoid a politically motivated jail term, left Azerbaijan on a Swiss diplomatic plane the day the Games started.

On April 30, CPJ and Human Rights Watch met with the European Olympic Committees (EOC) leadership in Dublin to raise concerns about censorship and human rights issues. The meeting elicited a statement from the EOC that read: "It is not the EOC's place to challenge or pass judgment on the legal or political processes of a sovereign nation and, like all sports organizations, we must operate within existing political contexts." Although the EOC said it was "satisfied with the assurances" it received from Azerbaijani authorities that the fundamental principles of the Olympic Charter would be upheld, CPJ is not satisfied. Ismayilova and other journalists remain imprisoned there for their work. If you agree, send the EOC a message telling them you are not satisfied.

July 1, 2015 6:24 PM ET


News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, May 2015

US cites CPJ in remarks on World Press Freedom Day

Each year, World Press Freedom Day provides an opportunity for press freedom organizations to put anti-press violations on the map. This year, CPJ did just that.

In U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's statement commemorating World Press Freedom Day, he cited CPJ research: "This is a critically important time to acknowledge the contributions of journalists. As the Committee to Protect Journalists recently reported, this is the 'most deadly and dangerous period for journalists in recent history.'"

Kerry's words echoed the theme found in CPJ's 2015 Attacks on the Press, that journalists are caught between terrorists and governments. The secretary of state said, "From violent extremists and criminal gangs who abduct and kill reporters to authoritarian governments that persecute them, press freedom is under attack."

CPJ staff also participated in a number of World Press Freedom Day initiatives. (See below for more details.)

June 5, 2015 6:14 PM ET

Impact   |   Azerbaijan, Bahrain, China, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Latvia, Myanmar, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, April 2015

CPJ launches annual publication Attacks on the Press

At a U.N. press conference on April 27 to launch CPJ's annual publication Attacks on the Press, CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon called on the U.N. Security Council to include in its May 27 debate on Journalist Safety a warning to states that they should not use national security as an excuse to jail, harass, or censor journalists.

The last three years have been the most deadly for the press, according to CPJ research. One of the reasons is the developing "terror dynamic"--non-state actors targeting journalists with violence while governments restrict civil liberties and press freedom in response. This phenomenon was amply documented in essays published in this year's edition of Attacks on the Press.

The book, which emphasizes reporting and analysis by CPJ staff and outside experts, features essays on multiple threats facing the press: the conflict in Syria, where freelancers and local journalists must adapt to an environment in which they are targets; terror and criminal groups, in countries as Syria, Nigeria, and Mexico, which document their own atrocities and disseminate them through social media; and crackdowns on the press in Ethiopia and Egypt, where governments use the threat of terror to justify repression. Several essays in the book also look at the impact of surveillance in more democratic societies, including those in Europe. The book also includes CPJ's list of the 10 Most Censored Countries.

The print edition of Attacks on the Press is published by Bloomberg Press, an imprint of Wiley, and is available for purchase.

May 7, 2015 4:24 PM ET

Impact   |   Ethiopia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Somalia, Syria

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, March 2015

Press Uncuffed: Free the Press

On March 26, CPJ partnered with students at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism and Knight chair and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter Dana Priest to launch the Press Uncuffed: Free the Press campaign at the Newseum in Washington. The campaign aimed to raise awareness about nine journalists imprisoned around the world in relation to their work. At least 221 journalists were behind bars when CPJ conducted its most recent prison census.

The students and Priest developed the idea of selling bracelets bearing the names of nine jailed journalists. All proceeds are being donated CPJ.

Click here to read the profiles of the featured journalists or here to purchase a bracelet.

April 1, 2015 3:59 PM ET
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