Jodie Ginsberg Named President of Committee to Protect Journalists

From a post on cpj.org headlined “Committee to Protect Journalists names Jodie Ginsberg as its new president”:

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) today named Jodie Ginsberg as its new President. Ginsberg will succeed Joel Simon, who stepped down at the end of 2021 after leading the organization for 15 years.

A journalist by profession, Ginsberg, 44, has served since March 2020 as Chief Executive Officer for Internews Europe, part of the Internews alliance, one of the world’s largest international media development nonprofits. Ginsberg was previously the CEO of the  freedom of expression campaign group, Index on Censorship. A South African and British national, she worked for more than a decade as a foreign correspondent and newsroom leader at Reuters news agency. Ginsberg is expected to take up her appointment in April, when she will relocate to New York from the UK….

At Internews, where she has overseen effective delivery of programming, fundraising, advocacy and outreach during a time of rapid organizational growth, Ginsberg helped forge new partnerships as media organizations globally adjusted to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. During her six years at Index on Censorship, she significantly grew both the public and funding profile of the organization and oversaw important research and advocacy projects on media freedom and legal threats. Her work at Reuters included reporting from southern Africa, Ivory Coast and Nigeria as well as postings in Dublin as Chief Correspondent, Ireland and as Bureau Chief, UK and Ireland, when she oversaw a staff of 40.

“The past two years have shown just how vital a role the press plays in our global world,” Ginsberg said. “Journalists help hold power to account, expose corruption and injustice and shine a spotlight on the most important issues of our day – from health to climate to social change. For that, far too many face a growing threat of violence and harassment.”…

Threats to press freedom in recent years have highlighted a growing intolerance of independent reporting among governments, as recognized by the award of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia. According to CPJ’s 2021 prison census, the number of reporters jailed for their work hit a new global record of 293, up from 280 in 2020. At least 24 journalists and media workers were killed because of their coverage in 2021, bringing the total to 1,422 journalists killed since 1992.

In 2021, CPJ helped win the early release of a record 105 imprisoned journalists and contributed to securing convictions in the murders of 10 journalists. The organization also supported and helped evacuate 60 journalists and their families from Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power, and provided financial, safety and other assistance to almost 450 journalists around the world last year through the work of its Emergencies Team. More research and information about CPJ’s campaigns and advocacy can be found on CPJ.org.

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

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 safely and without fear of reprisal.

Also see the New York Times story by Catherine Porter headlined “A Fighter for Press Freedom Is Expanding Her Battle.” The opening grafs:

Jodie Ginsberg was leading a small, scrappy freedom of expression organization in London in 2014 when the Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab came into her office.

He had recently been released from jail for organizing democracy rallies during the Arab Spring and issuing tweets that Bahrain’s monarchy found offensive. He impressed upon Ms. Ginsberg how important it was to his colleagues who remained in jail to know that people were fighting for them.

When Mr. Rajab was thrown in jail again soon after returning to Bahrain, Ms. Ginsberg led vigils outside the Bahrain Embassy, kept in regular contact with his family to document his condition and vociferously campaigned for his release.

“One of the reasons my case became known internationally was Jodie,” said Mr. Rajab from Bahrain’s modern capital, Manama, where he is serving the last year of his latest sentence, for expressing anti-government dissent on Twitter, from home.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, one of the world’s largest press watchdog organizations, recently announced that Ms. Ginsberg would become its new president in April.

Ms. Ginsberg, a veteran journalist and freedom-of-expression advocate, takes over at a time when journalists are increasingly under threat, with a record number in prison around the world and attacks against press freedom growing in the United States.

It’s a challenge that excites her, Ms. Ginsberg says. An optimistwho has helped many outspoken artists and imprisoned activists get international attention, she believes “journalism is essential if we want to have free, independent and tolerant societies.”

“The experience of being persecuted for your work is extremely isolating,” Ms. Ginsberg said, referring to Mr. Rajab’s case. “And is made worse if you don’t feel you’ve got people expressing solidarity.”…

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