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The Committee to Protect Journalists promotes press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. Founded in 1981, CPJ takes action when journalists are censored, jailed, kidnapped, or killed for their work, without regard to political ideology. In its defense of journalists, CPJ protects the rights of all people to access independent sources of information – an essential part of a free society.

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Threat to Independent Reporting in the U.S. Could Impact Global Standards

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 5:58 PM

Joel Simon/CPJ Executive Director

With journalists around the world being killed, kidnapped, and murdered in record numbers, why is the Committee to Protect Journalists launching a campaign targeting U.S. government policies?

The answer is simple. Because we must fight to preserve a global system on which independent and critical...

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After Gaza Conflict, Probe Needed Into Journalist Killings

(1) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 3:01 PM

By Jason Stern/CPJ Middle East and North Africa Research Associate

After 50 bloody days of conflict, it looks like a ceasefire may finally take hold in Israel and Gaza. Recently Gaza has been one of the deadliest places in the world for the press. According to CPJ research, at...

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Saudi Arabia Steps Up Censorship, Snaring Activists

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 2:46 PM

By Jason Stern/CPJ Middle East and North Africa Research Associate

Since the surprise Arab uprisings of 2011, the Saudi government has worked assiduously to ensure it has all the tools of censorship it needs to control dissent. These tools -- a combination of special courts, laws, and regulatory authorities --...

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CPJ Finds Hope for Press Freedom in Pakistan

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 1:02 PM

By Kati Marton/CPJ Board Member

For the last decade, Pakistan has been one of the world’s most dangerous countries for the media. At least 46 journalists have been killed, 24 of them murdered for the “crime” of covering the intelligence services, the Taliban, separatists in Balochistan, or the...

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The Kremlin Falls Prey to Its Own Propaganda

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 2:10 PM

By Nina Ognianova/Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator

In Russia, the population-at-large receives its news from state-controlled TV that has long been churning propaganda. But since November, television, Kremlin's crude weapon of mass distraction, has ever more shrilly been agitating hostility toward opposition protesters in Ukraine--and their presumed masterminds in...

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Liu Jianfeng Tests New Model for Chinese Journalists

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 1:38 PM

By Yan Cong/CPJ Guest Blogger


Last July, veteran Chinese journalist Liu Jianfeng posted an announcement on the Chinese microblog Weibo confirming his intention to become an independent investigator and writer. In a country where all media remains state-owned, Liu’s plan was a bold one. He promised to...

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UN Development Plan Must Incorporate Free Media

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 12:13 PM

By Magnus Ag/CPJ Advocacy and Communications Officer

On Monday CPJ, along with close to 200 civil society groups from six continents, called on the United Nations to put government accountability and independent media at the center of a new framework for global development.

The U.N. is working to...

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UN and US Must Press for Change in Vietnam

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 11:52 AM

By Shawn W. Crispin/CPJ Southeast Asia Representative


As Vietnam’s human rights record goes before a United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review (UPR) today, Hanoi’s official delegation is necessarily on the diplomatic defensive. As with past presentations to the global body, Vietnamese officials will aim to distract attention from their...

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Indian Journalism Under Increasing Political Control

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 1:51 PM

By Sumit Galhotra/CPJ Asia Program Research Associate


With the dawn of the new year, India is looking ahead to a national election in May. Recent developments raise questions about the quality and quantity of independent news coverage of the polls as local media come under greater political influence.

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Venezuela Service Providers Forced to Police Internet

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 1:21 PM

By John Otis/CPJ Andes Consultant

The concept of network neutrality holds that all Internet traffic should be treated equal and that Internet Service Providers, or ISPs, should serve as free-flowing gateways for information rather than as filters. But in politically polarized Venezuela, neutrality is an increasingly rare commodity and...

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Grilling of Alan Rusbridger Shows Problems of UK Independent Press

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 10:26 AM

By Robert Mahoney/CPJ Deputy Director

A prime minister says a newspaper has damaged national security and calls for its editor to be brought before Parliament; his government tells the same paper there has been “enough” debate on an issue and sends its security officials into the paper’s offices to smash...

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Vietnamese Blogger's Daughter Pleas for His Freedom

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 2:22 PM

By Sumit Galhotra/CPJ Asia Program Research Associate


Next week, the Committee to Protect Journalists will be honoring four journalists from around the world at the International Press Freedom Awards, an annual recognition of courageous reporting. As the awardees from Ecuador, Egypt, and Turkey make the journey to...

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Censorship at Issue in Alabama Blogger's Case

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 11:39 AM

By Sara Rafsky/CPJ Americas Research Associate

Before his staffers, under government duress, took power drills and angle grinders to destroy company Macbooks in the newspaper’s basement, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger made sure to send Edward Snowden’s leaked documents to New York newsrooms for safekeeping.

That’s because, although a...

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After 'Confession' on Zoomlion, Truth in China Is Obscured

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 3:32 PM

By Bob Dietz/CPJ Asia Program Coordinator

The New Express’s campaign to get Chen Yongzhou, 27, released for police detention last week attracted international attention, including CPJ’s.  Chen had been picked up October 18 on “suspicion of damaging commercial reputation” with a series of stores alleging financial mismanagement and corruption...

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Why CPJ Took In-Depth Look at US Press Freedom

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 5:26 PM

By Sandy Rowe/CPJ Chairman

On Thursday CPJ launched its first comprehensive examination of press freedom conditions in the United States. The report, “The Obama Administration and the Press: Leak investigations and surveillance in post-9/11 America,” highlights the growing threat to reporting on national security and similar sensitive government issues....

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Journalists like John Greyson pay toll for Egypt's turmoil

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 2:13 PM

Sherif Mansour/CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator

Egypt is going through a tough transition and journalists are paying a considerable toll. Since the July 3 removal of President Mohamed Morsi, at least five journalists have been killed, 30 assaulted, and 11 news outlets raided. CPJ has documented a...

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With global influence, Turkey matters

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 5:48 PM

Joel Simon/CPJ Executive Director

Turkey is hardly a press freedom paradise, but what makes the country so exciting for journalists is the amount of news it generates on any given day. The domestic story is huge, with near-daily street protests, the booming economy beginning to sag, and the prospect of...

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Egypt must skirt politics in seeking justice for journalist deaths

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 5:37 PM

Sherif Mansour/CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator

Yesterday, the Committee to Protect Journalists launched a campaign calling for serious investigations into the deaths of eight journalists in Egypt since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in 2011. CPJ hopes that the current military-led government will lead impartial and...

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In hopeful sign, two journalists escape Syria

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 10:50 AM

Jason Stern/CPJ Middle East and North Africa Research Associate

It has now been an entire year since Al-Hurra correspondent Bashar Fahmi, a Jordanian of Palestinian origin, and freelancer Austin Tice, of the United States, went missing in Syria. But the recent liberation of two freelance journalists held for months...

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South African broadcaster holds back sensitive documentary

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 3:05 PM

By Sue Valentine/ CPJ Africa Program Coordinator


The South African Broadcasting Corporation is in the news for not airing a politically sensitive documentary that details allegations of apartheid-era theft of public funds. The public broadcaster, which had commissioned the film, has also refused to sell the rights...

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