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Committee to Protect Journalists

Committee to Protect Journalists
Abbreviation CPJ
Formation 1981 (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[1]
Region served
Executive Director
Joel Simon
Affiliations International Freedom of Expression Exchange
Website .orgcpj

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is an American independent nonprofit organization, based in Red Cross".[2]


  • Foundation 1
  • Funding 2
  • Operations 3
  • Staff and directors 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


A group of U.S. foreign correspondents founded the organization in 1981 in response to harassment from authoritarian governments.


According to the organization's 2011 Annual Report, financial supporters include individuals, corporations, and foundations. The report does not include details on the largest financial supporters. Corporate media donors include the Associated Press, CNBC, CNN and Fox News.


The committee organizes public protests and works through diplomatic channels to effect change. It publishes articles, news releases and special reports. Between 2002 and 2008, it published a biannual magazine, Dangerous Assignments.[3][4] It also publishes an annual worldwide survey of press freedom called Attacks on the Press.[5]

It also administers the annual CPJ International Press Freedom Awards which honour journalists and press freedom advocates who have endured beatings, threats, intimidation, and prison for reporting the news.

The organization compiles an annual list all journalists killed in the line of duty around the world. As of December 1, 2012, over 850 journalists had been killed since 1992 – the first year of the organization's list.[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 publish an annual census of imprisoned journalists.[8]

The organization is a founding member of the freedom of expression.

Staff and directors

Foreign correspondent Ann Cooper served as executive director from 1998 to 2006.[9]

Since July 2006, journalist

  • Official website

External links

  1. ^ a b Staff (undated). "Write to CPJ". Committee to Protect Journalists. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
  2. ^ 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".  
  3. ^ Staff (undated). "Dangerous Assignments". Committee to Protect Journalists. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
  4. ^ Fall/Winter 2008. "Dangerous Assignement – Biennial" (PDF format). Committee to Protect Journalists.
  5. ^ Staff (undated). "Attacks on the Press – Journalism on the Front Lines in 2012". Committee to Protect Journalists. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
  6. ^ Staff (undated). "Journalists Killed Since 1992". Committee to Protect Journalists. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
  7. ^ Staff (undated). "About CPJ". Committee to Protect Journalists. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
  8. ^ Staff (n.d.). "Imprisoned – 2012 Prison Census – 232 Journalists Jailed Worldwide – As of December 1, 2012". Committee to Protect Journalists. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Poynter Online Forums". Poynter Institute.
  10. ^ Staff (n.d.). "Our People". Committee to Protect Journalists. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 


See also

Its board of directors has included American journalists, including:


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