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The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide. We defend the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.Launch Project
We provide support to frontline journalists, and work to ensure that all journalists, including freelancers and media support workers, are aware of safety and security issues before entering a conflict zone. We work to prevent deaths, detentions, kidnappings, and other dangers through information sharing and practical guidance. We provide on-the-ground advocacy and rapid response support to journalists who are injured, imprisoned, or forced to flee because of their work.
Our Journalist Assistance program dispenses emergency grants to journalists in distress worldwide through CPJ's Gene Roberts Emergency Fund, which was renamed in honor of Gene Roberts, the veteran U.S. journalist and former chairman of the CPJ board who was instrumental in the creation of the Journalist Assistance program. The program also raises funds for journalists from outside sources and collaborates with other freedom of expression organizations. Maarja refers journalists to resources, including information on grants, fellowships, and awards. Due to the high volume of requests, we are not able to respond to everyone who needs our help. Maarja gives priority to crisis situations. Maarja does not provide funding for organizations, media outlets, or media projects, and we do not offer professional training or scholarships.
Maarja is also a member of the Journalists in Distress (JID) network, a group of 18 international organizations that provide direct assistance to journalists and media workers whose lives or careers are threatened because of their work. Each organization has its own mandate and criteria for emergency assistance; the network does not engage in joint advocacy. The JID network was established in 2006 to allow member organizations with freedom of expression mandates to more easily share information, coordinate joint efforts, and avoid duplication.