Reporter Killed in Syria

A Syrian reporter died this week after being injured covering clashes between the Syrian army and rebel groups in Quneitra province, according to his employer and the Syrian-government run news agency Sana. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Mustafa Salamah’s death comes amid concern for at least 70 journalists trapped in Quneitra and nearby areas who could face reprisal from the Syrian government as its forces advance on the last remaining rebel strongholds in the region. The CPJ says at least 120 journalists have been killed covering the Syrian conflict, at least seven were in Syrian state prisons, and many others are missing.

Source: CPJ

Posted on: July 19, 2018

CPJ Announces Press Freedom Awards

The Committee to Protect Journalists announced its 2018 International Press Freedom Award winners. The awardees include: Amal Khalifa Idris Habbani, a freelance journalist and contributor to the Sudanese news outlet Al-Taghyeer; Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, one of Vietnam's most prominent independent bloggers; Luz Mely Reyes, a Venezuelan investigative reporter and co-founder of the independent news website Efecto Cocuyo; and Anastasiya (Nastya) Stanko, a journalist and TV presenter who is a member of the "Stop censorship" movement in Ukraine. CPJ is also honoring Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, founder of the news website Rappler, with the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award.

Source: CPJ

Posted on: June 14, 2018

Oprah Salutes Press at the Golden Globes

At the Golden Globe Awards, Oprah Winfrey took a moment to raise the flag for journalists, saluting the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s earlier announcement of $1 million grants each to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Committee to Protect Journalists. "I’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, because we all know that the press is under siege these days," she said. "But we also know the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice, to tyrants and to victims, and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before."

Source: Deadline.com

Posted on: January 8, 2018

ICIJ, CPJ Each Get $1m at Golden Globes

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association -- the folks who sponsor the Golden Globe Awards -- have a charitable arm that's given away $30 million over the past quarter century, largely to entertainment-related non-profits and scholarships. In a groundbreaking departure, the HFPA just donated $1 million each to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a longtime GIJN member, and the Committee to Protect Journalists, a longtime partner. Congrats!

Source: Broadway World

Posted on: January 7, 2018

Waseda Hosts Asian Muckrakers in Tokyo

Japan's Waseda University hosts an international symposium on investigative journalism this June 4. “Investigative Journalism in Asia: Perspectives and Prospects" will feature representatives of four nonprofit newsrooms from Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan. Among the topics: investigative projects, sustainable models, and cross-border partnerships. Organized by Waseda University’s Institute for Journalism/Waseda Chronicle and the Committee to Protect Journalists in cooperation with GIJN.

Source: Waseda Chronicle

Posted on: May 23, 2017

CPJ: Trump Damaging Global Press Freedom

The Committee to Protect Journalists' Joel Simon in the New York Times today spared little in his critique of the Trump Administration's anti-press campaign: "In President Trump’s carpet bombing of the news media, it is not just the United States’ global reputation that is collateral damage. Rather, it is the brave journalists on the front line who risk their lives and liberty to bring the world the news. It is to our great shame that they can no longer count on the support of the United States."

Source: New York Times

Posted on: February 26, 2017

CPJ Finds Record 259 Journalists in Prison

Turkey leads the world in number of journalists imprisoned, with at least 81 behind bars under the Erdogan regime, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists annual census. The 259 journalists in prison worldwide is the highest number recorded since CPJ began keeping records in 1990. The Turkish journalists all face anti-state charges following an unprecedented crackdown that has shut down over 100 news outlets. 

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists

Posted on: January 16, 2017

CPJ: Open Gov’t Meaningless without a Free Press

Last week's summit of the Open Government Partnership, or OGP, in Mexico City, obscured the broader issues in creating the free flow of information, according to this story by the Committee to Protect Journalists' Joel Simon. "Governments must acknowledge the inextricable link between transparency and a strong, independent, and vibrant media that is safe from violence and persecution," he wrote.

Source: Columbia Journalism Review

Posted on: November 3, 2015

Crimea: Independent Media, Journalists Obstructed

Authorities in the autonomous republic of Crimea in southern Ukraine should ensure that media outlets and independent journalists are allowed to report on the political crisis in the region without being censored or harassed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In the past two days in Crimea, a journalism agency has been raided, a TV broadcaster shut down, and an independent journalist assaulted and her camera seized.

Source: Committee To Protect Journalists

Posted on: March 4, 2014

Ecuador Loses Investigative Journal Vanguardia

"Like the death of a loved one". That's how Juan Carlos Calderón, editor of the newsmagazine Vanguardia, described the June 28 closing of the newsweekly that for eight years published hard-hitting investigations about public officials and faced frequent government harassment. Yet the final days of Vanguardia were almost as controversial as its stories.

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists

Posted on: August 6, 2013