Committee to Protect Journalists

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Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is headquartered in New York City. According to their website, "When press freedom violations occur, CPJ mobilizes a network of correspondents who report and take action on behalf of those targeted. CPJ reports on violations in repressive countries, conflict zones, and established democracies alike. A board of prominent journalists from around the world helps guide CPJ's activities"[1]

The Committee to Protect Journalists claims that their "mission involves not only journalists but anyone who cherishes the value of information for a free society."

History

Verbatim from their website:[2]

"The Committee to Protect Journalists was founded in 1981 by a group of U.S. correspondents who realized they could not ignore the plight of colleagues whose reporting put them in peril on a daily basis.
"The idea that journalists around the world should come together to defend the rights of colleagues working in repressive and dangerous environments led to CPJ's first advocacy campaign in 1982. At the time, three British journalists-Simon Winchester, Ian Mather, and Tony Prime were arrested in Argentina while covering the Falklands War. A letter from CPJ Honorary Chairman Walter Cronkite helped spring them from prison.
"Since then, CPJ's mission involves not only journalists but anyone who cherishes the value of information for a free society."

Soros Funding

In 1999, George Soros' Open Society Institute gave 4 grants, totaling $220,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists - on whose board once sat The Nation magazine co-owner and editorial director Victor Navasky.[3] He is currently a Publisher emeritus with the magazine.

In 2015, the Committee to Protect Journalists received 10,000 from the Open Society Institute.[4]

Board of Directors

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

Its board of directors has included American journalists, including:

Former board members

People

Current executive staff as of June 12 2018:[5]

International Program Network

Committee to Defend Diane Bukowski and Freedom of the Press

In 2009 Committee to Protect Journalists was listed as a supporter of the Committee to Defend Diane Bukowski and Freedom of the Press[6]

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