Joel Simon

Since his appointment as executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists in 2006, Joel Simon has led the organization through a period of expansion. Under his guidance, CPJ launched the Global Campaign Against Impunity, established a Journalist Assistance program and spearheaded CPJ’s efforts to defend press freedom in the digital space.

Simon has led and participated in CPJ missions around the world, from Argentina to Zimbabwe. Under his leadership, CPJ has been honored with the prestigious Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights and a News & Documentary Emmy for its work in defense of press freedom.

Simon has written widely on press freedom issues for publications including Slate,Columbia Journalism ReviewThe New York Review of BooksWorld Policy JournalAsahi Shimbun, and The Times of India. His analysis of press freedom

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