Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, non-profit organisation founded in 1981. It promotes press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report news without fear of reprisal (cp. CPJ Website, http://www.cpj.org/development/about_cpj.html, accessed on 30 October 2008).
“A group of US foreign correspondents created CPJ in response to the often brutal treatment of their foreign colleagues by authoritarian governments and other enemies of independent journalism.” (CPJ Website, http://www.cpj.org/development/about_cpj.html, accessed on 30 October 2008)
Journalists, civil society, governments, donors
“By publicly revealing abuses against the press and by acting on behalf of imprisoned and threatened journalists, CPJ effectively warns journalists and news organizations where attacks on press freedom are occurring. CPJ organizes vigorous public protests and works through diplomatic channels to effect change. CPJ publishes articles and news releases; special reports; a biannual magazine, Dangerous Assignments; and Attacks on the Press, the most comprehensive annual survey of press freedom around the world.” (CPJ Website, http://www.cpj.org/development/about_cpj.html, accessed on 30 October 2008).
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa.
Thematic focus: Violation of press freedom; protection of journalists.
“CPJ defines journalists as people who cover news or comment on public affairs in print, in photographs, on radio, on television, or online. Writers, editors, publishers, producers, technicians, photographers, camera operators and directors of news organisations are all included.” (CPJ Website, http://www.cpj.org/development/about_cpj.html#six, accessed on 30 October 2008)
“CPJ has full-time programme coordinators monitoring the press in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Central Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa. They track developments through its own independent research, fact-finding missions, and firsthand contacts in the field, including reports from other journalists. CPJ shares information on breaking cases with other press freedom organisations worldwide through the International Freedom of Expression Exchange, a global e-mail network.” (CPJ Website, http://www.cpj.org/development/about_cpj.html#six, accessed on 30 October 2008).
“Each case identified as a violation of press freedom is corroborated by more than one source for factual accuracy, confirmation that the victims were journalists or news organisations, and verification that intimidation was the probable motive.” (CPJ Website, http://www.cpj.org/development/about_cpj.html#six, accessed on 30 October 2008).
Daily news, quarterly special reports, news alerts, letters and country summaries are published regularly. An annual survey of press freedom around the world “Attacks on the Press” is also published and available on the website of CPJ
English, some news available in Russian, French, Spanish and Arabic
Navigation of website:
News and special reports by region and country can be accessed via the top menu. News reports are listed in chronological order in each country section. The current Attacks on the Press report is to be found in the lower half of the homepage under the heading “Publications”. The respective link also leads to older editions of the report.