On the frontlines of global reporting, knowledge is safety. The Committee to Protect Journalists has published a Journalist Security Guide to help assess threats, curb hazards, and respond safely. Each year, hundreds of journalists are killed, attacked, or jailed, while many are threatened or have their communications intercepted. Armed conflict, information security, and stress reactions are some of the vital topics covered by the guide.
CPJ and Internews invite you to join leading journalists and security experts for a discussion on physical and digital safety.
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Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a senior correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1994. He has served as the Post's national editor and as an assistant managing editor. In 2005, Chandrasekaran was the journalist in residence at the International Reporting Project at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, as well as public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Chandrasekaran ran the Post's bureau in Baghdad from 2003 to 2004, covering the American invasion of Iraq and the country's occupation. He authored the best-selling book Imperial Life in the Emerald City, a chronicle of the American reconstruction effort in Iraq. His other foreign assignments include serving as Cairo bureau chief and Southeast Asia correspondent, and reporting on the war in Afghanistan.
Prior to joining CPJ in April 2010, Danny O’Brien worked as a journalist covering technology and culture for the New Scientist, The Sunday Times of London, and The Irish Times. He was one of the original staff members of Wired UK magazine in 1995, and from 1997 to 2007 co-edited the online newsletter Need To Know, which won a special commendation at the first Interactive BAFTA awards and NetMedia's European Internet Journalist of the Year award for 2001. In 2005, O'Brien joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation as their chief activist, later specializing in international advocacy for privacy and freedom of expression. That year he also co-founded the Open Rights Group, a British grassroots digital rights organization, and remains on their board. He is based in San Francisco.
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Frank Smyth is a journalist who has specialized in armed conflicts, organized crime, and human rights, reporting from nations including El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sudan, Jordan, and Iraq where, in 1991, he was imprisoned for 18 days. Through the 1990s Smyth investigated arms trafficking for Human Rights Watch. He has reported for CBS News, and written for The Nation, The Village Voice, The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, World Policy Journal, and Foreign Affairs. Smyth has testified on press freedom matters before the Organization of American States, the International Commission of Jurists, and the U.S. Congress. Smyth blogs on journalist security issues for CPJ. He is also the founder and executive director of Global Journalist Security, a firm that provides consulting and training services to journalists and others.
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Kathleen Reen is Vice-President for Asia, Environment and Internet Initiatives with Internews. She established Internews’ first programs in Asia including firstly in Indonesia where she managed programs focused on media legal reforms, media training and productions, Internet access, and local media NGO-building. In late 2004, Reen led Internews’ first humanitarian media efforts in Aceh devoted to information access after the devastating SE Asia earthquake and tsunami. She was first director to the Global Forum for Media Development, and represents Internews to the Global Network Initiative. A journalist and documentary producer by background, she worked in Eastern and Southern Europe and Southeast Asia. She is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (2012-16).
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About Committee to Protect Journalists: The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1981. We promote press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.
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