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The Best Defense: Threats to journalists' safety demand fresh approach

Much work remains to be done to improve the security of journalists in the face of unprecedented threats, including the spread of violent non-state actors, the shrinking rule of law, resurgent authoritarianism, and an industry shift toward reliance on freelancers. Journalists, news outlets, and press freedom groups must find approaches that go beyond traditional training and advocacy. A special report by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

(Scout Tufankjian/CPJ)
February 21, 2017 9:00 AM ET

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February 21, 2017 9:00 AM ET

Reports   |   Internet, Journalist Assistance, Security

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Threats to journalists' safety demand fresh approach

Reporting on wars and natural disasters is inherently dangerous, but the spread of insurgent and criminal groups globally poses an unprecedented risk to journalists. Since the videotaped killings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff in 2014, public awareness of the risks has increased exponentially, but the dangers persist.

(Scout Tufankjian/CPJ)

Reports   |   Internet, Journalist Assistance, Security

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Only universal technical security will keep journalists safe

By Tom Lowenthal, CPJ Staff Technologist

Journalism is an information field — its practice is based on communication with sources, compiling and analyzing information and data, and then publishing and sharing the results. Like most members of modern society, journalists rely on mobile phones, laptops, email, instant messages, and online service providers to conduct their work, but journalism is heavily impacted by technology trends.

(Scout Tufankjian/CPJ)

Reports   |   Internet, Journalist Assistance, Security

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What is CPJ doing about the risks?

This report shows how the world has become more dangerous for journalists. Given the proliferation of violent non-state actors; the shrinking rule of law in some places and resurgent authoritarianism in others; and reduced foreign news coverage by media in favor of reliance on freelancers, keeping journalists safe requires new strategies.

(Scout Tufankjian/CPJ)

Reports   |   Internet, Journalist Assistance, Security

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Recommendations

(Scout Tufankjian/CPJ)

The Committee to Protect Journalists offers the following recommendations:

February 21, 2017 9:00 AM ET

Statements   |   Security

CPJ welcomes UN Human Rights resolution on releasing jailed journalists, right to encryption

Washington, September 29, 2016--The United Nations Human Rights Council's annual resolution on journalist safety for the first time urges all states to release arbitrarily detained journalists. The resolution, co-sponsored by 87 countries and adopted today in Geneva, raises new concerns about mounting attacks on journalists during elections and calls for states to protect the confidentiality of journalist sources.

Blog   |   Security

Apple vulnerability is surprising, but journalists should stick with iPhones

Citizen Lab Senior Research Fellow Bill Marczak, pictured, told CPJ that the iOS vulnerability was 'mind-boggling.' (Geoffrey King)

A rare and serious vulnerability in Apple's iOS operating system has been discovered by researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab, which today published a report detailing its findings. It is the first known remote iOS vulnerability of its kind. Disturbingly, the company behind malware designed to exploit the security flaw may have also helped target an investigative journalist in Mexico in 2015, Citizen Lab said.

August 25, 2016 5:57 PM ET

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Video: Protecting journalism (not just journalists) takes tech that's safe for everyone

On July 23, I gave a presentation as part of the HOPE XI hacker conference at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. My talk, entitled "Won't Somebody Please Think of the Journalists?" described the challenges of protecting journalists in a world where journalism is no longer conducted only by professionals. I exhorted the technologists and developers in attendance to build tools which account for the distinctive needs of journalism and which protect their users when they are engaged in acts of journalism.

August 3, 2016 1:44 PM ET

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Pentagon's revised Law of War Manual recognizes role of independent journalists

Washington, July 22, 2016--The Pentagon no longer considers journalists operating independently of U.S. military forces as potential spies, terrorists, or saboteurs, according to U.S. military officials who have rewritten the military's Law of War Manual.

July 22, 2016 12:01 AM ET

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