Freedom of the press—an essential condition for a healthy democracy—is under threat in many places around the world, including Europe. Journalists in countries such as Hungary and Italy are sometimes accused of defamation. To protect their beleaguered colleagues, a group of American reporters founded the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
CPJ defends threatened and persecuted journalists and strives to create a better legal and political climate in which journalists can carry out their work without fear of reprisals. CPJ is active around the globe and lends emergency assistance to individual journalists and their families worldwide. Today, almost half of all journalists who are imprisoned for their work are online reporters such as bloggers, videographers, and citizen journalists who freelance for a variety of media outlets. Their situation is particularly precarious because they lack the support of a media organization.
Adessium Foundation is supporting CPJ in its efforts to create a climate in which journalists in Europe can carry out their work free from the specter of adverse consequences. Our contribution is earmarked for policy advocacy at the European level.
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