Committee to Protect Journalists

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Committee to Protect Journalists
Committee to Protect Journalists - logo.gif
Abbreviation CPJ
Formation 1981; 37 years ago (1981)
Type Independent nonprofit organization
Purpose Press freedom and journalist human rights
Headquarters 330 Seventh Avenue, 11th Floor
New York City, New York 10001
United States
Region served
Executive Director
Joel Simon
Affiliations International Freedom of Expression Exchange

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is an American independent non-profit, non-governmental organization, based in New York City, New York with correspondents around the world. CPJ promotes press freedom and defends the rights of journalists. The American Journalism Review has called the organization "Journalism's Red Cross".[1]

History and programs

The Committee to Protect Journalists was founded in 1981 in response to the harassment of Paraguayan journalist Alcibiades González Delvalle.[2] Its founding honorary chairman was Walter Cronkite.[2] Since 1991, it has held the annual CPJ International Press Freedom Awards Dinner,[2] during which journalists and press freedom advocates who have endured beatings, threats, intimidation, and prison for reporting the news receive awards.

Between 2002 and 2008, it published a biannual magazine, Dangerous Assignments.[3] It also publishes an annual worldwide survey of press freedom called Attacks on the Press.[4]

Since 1992 the organization has compiled an annual list of all journalists killed in the line of duty around the world.[5] For 2016 it reported that 48 journalists had been killed in connection with their work, as compared to 78 in 2015, and that more than half of those killed had died in combat or crossfire while covering wars.[5] A running total of journalists killed over the entire period from 1992 is available on the group's website, as well as the statistics for any given year; as of July 2017 the total was 1246.[6] The organization's figures are typically lower than similar ongoing counts by Reporters Without Borders or the International Federation of Journalists because of CPJ's established parameters and confirmation process.[7] It also publishes an annual census of imprisoned journalists.[8]

The organization is a founding member of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), a global network of more than seventy non-governmental organizations that monitors free-expression violations around the world and defends journalists, writers, and others persecuted for exercising their right to freedom of expression. In 2016, the Times of Israel reported that the United Nations voted to deny consultive status to CPJ citing concerns with the group's finances, and also because CPJ does not support punishment for hate speech.[9]

Staff and directors

Foreign correspondent Ann Cooper served as executive director from 1998 to 2006.[10]

Since July 2006, journalist Joel Simon has been the organization's executive director; he had previously served as deputy director since 2000.[11]

Its board of directors has included American journalists, including:

See also


  1. ^ Ricchiardi, Sherry (December 1997). "Journalism's Red Cross – Under-Staffed and Low-Profile, the Committee to Protect Journalists Rides to the Rescue of Reporters and Editors Who Run Afoul of Governments Hostile to the Press". American Journalism Review. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Committee to Protect Journalists records, 1978-2008". Columbia University Libraries Archival Collections. Columbia University. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Staff (undated). "Dangerous Assignments". Committee to Protect Journalists. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Attacks on the Press - Committee to Protect Journalists". Retrieved 2016-06-28. 
  5. ^ a b Gladstone, Rick (December 19, 2016). "Fewer Journalists Were Killed on the Job This Year, Group Reports". New YorkTimes. Retrieved 2017-07-03.
  6. ^ "Journalists Killed Since 1992/Motive Confirmed". Committee to Protect Journalists. Retrieved 2017-07-03.
  7. ^ "Frequently Asked Questons". Section: "CPJ's list of killed journalists is different from other organizations. Why?" Committee to Protect Journalists. Retrieved 2017-07-03.
  8. ^ "2015 prison census: 199 journalists jailed worldwide - Committee to Protect Journalists". Retrieved 2016-06-28. 
  9. ^ "Press freedom watchdog denied UN credentials". Retrieved 2017-09-30. 
  10. ^ [dead link] "Poynter Online Forums" Archived 14 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine.. Poynter Institute.
  11. ^ Staff (n.d.). "Our People". Committee to Protect Journalists. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 

External links

  • Official website

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