Committee to Protect Journalists

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Committee to Protect Journalists
Committee to Protect Journalists - logo.gif
Abbreviation CPJ
Formation 1981; 35 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[1]
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.[1] CPJ promotes press freedom and defends the rights of journalists. The American Journalism Review has called the organization "Journalism's Red Cross".[2]


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


According to the organization's 2014 Annual Report,[full citation needed] 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 honor 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 June 1, 2016, more than 1195 journalists had been killed since 1992 – the first year the organization began systematically tracking killings.[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.

Staff and directors[edit]

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

Since July 2006, journalist Joel Simon has been the organization's executive director; he had previously served as deputy director since 2000.[10]

Its board of directors has included American journalists, including:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b [1]
  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". American Journalism Review. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ Staff (undated). "Dangerous Assignments". Committee to Protect Journalists. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
  4. ^ [dead link] Fall/Winter 2008. "Dangerous Assignement – Biennial" (PDF format). Committee to Protect Journalists.
  5. ^ "Attacks on the Press - Committee to Protect Journalists". Retrieved 2016-06-28. 
  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. ^ "2015 prison census: 199 journalists jailed worldwide - Committee to Protect Journalists". Retrieved 2016-06-28. 
  9. ^ [dead link] "Poynter Online Forums". Poynter Institute.
  10. ^ Staff (n.d.). "Our People". Committee to Protect Journalists. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 

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