Press Release

November
10
2020

ICFJ Remembers Intrepid Journalist and Advisory Board Member Seymour Topping

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The International Center for Journalists mourns the loss of Seymour “Top” Topping, a legendary war reporter and New York Times editor, and longtime member of ICFJ’s advisory board. He passed away Nov. 8 at the age of 98 in White Plains, N.Y.

October
13
2020

New Global Survey Raises Red Flags for Journalism in the COVID-19 Era

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Facing everything from a barrage of disinformation to heightened security risks and a mental health crisis, journalists around the world are contending with myriad daunting challenges as they report on a deadly pandemic, according to the first results from a global survey on journalism and the COVID-19 crisis.

August
12
2020

Facebook Journalism Project, ICFJ Launch Fund to Support Lebanon’s News Industry

The Facebook Journalism Project, in collaboration with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), has announced that it will invest $300,000 in a new program that aims to support the stabilization and recovery needs of journalists and news organizations in Lebanon affected by the tragic explosion in Beirut on August 4. The program - “Supporting Beirut: Response and Recovery Fund”- will assist in supporting local news outlets that have suffered damage to infrastructure and resources.

July
9
2020

#HoldTheLine Campaign Launched in Support of Maria Ressa and Independent Media in the Philippines

Sixty press freedom groups and civil society organizations, journalism institutions, filmmakers, and other supporters have formed a coalition in support of Maria Ressa and independent media in the Philippines, united around the call to #HoldTheLine.

June
30
2020

Fareed Zakaria and Two International Digital News Pioneers to Receive Prestigious Journalism Awards

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The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) will award top honors this year to CNN host Fareed Zakaria and two intrepid founders of investigative news sites in Egypt and Russia, countries with harsh controls on the press.

June
15
2020

A Devastating Day for Journalism

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Maria Ressa, an outspoken champion of press freedom, was convicted today in a case that is widely seen as a crackdown on independent journalism in the Philippines.

“This is a miscarriage of justice," said ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan. “Maria is facing a bevy of charges designed to silence her and Rappler. If journalists are convicted for exposing corruption, democracy itself is at stake. ICFJ condemns Maria's conviction and calls for all other charges against her to be dropped.”

June
1
2020

ICFJ Condemns Attacks on Journalists Covering U.S. Protests

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Reporters in the U.S. have been attacked while covering protests triggered by the police killing of George Floyd. In over 100 reported incidents so far, journalists have been shot at with rubber bullets, pepper sprayed and assaulted on air. ICFJ strongly condemns these attacks. As they cover this important story, reporters must be safe to do their jobs.

April
9
2020

How is COVID-19 Transforming Journalism? Our Global Study Will Find Out

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The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism are launching a joint study on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for journalism. This collaborative global research project aims to map the impact of the crisis on journalism and how journalists are responding to it. 

April
2
2020

ICFJ Partner OCCRP Wins Prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

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The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) has won the 2020 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, given to a select group of entrepreneurs whose innovations have had a significant, proven impact on some of the world’s most pressing problems. OCCRP is a long-time partner of ICFJ.  

March
20
2020

A Global Crisis Like COVID-19 Calls for a Global Response. Here’s Ours.

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We are rolling out a wide range of resources to help journalists cover this pandemic. Today, we are launching the Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum that will connect journalists with some of the world’s top health practitioners, newsroom leaders and other experts, who can answer questions in live video chats. Experts will discuss how to combat misinformation about the pandemic, report safely on COVID-19 and create compelling infographics to relay important information in new ways.