The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) held their 24th Annual International Press Freedom Awards Dinner last evening in NYC. Al Jazeera correspondent Abdullah Elshamy, recently released from jail in Egypt, was on hand.
From the evening’s program guide: “CPJ promotes press freedom worldwide and defends the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. CPJ ensures the free flow of news and commentary by taking action whereever journalists are attacked, imprisoned, killed, kidnapped, threatened, censored, or harassed.”
LE asked a CPJ Director if they had done anything to help James Risen, the New York Times journalist who has been targeted by the Obama Administration and faces the possibility of going to jail for not revealing sources. He said he didn’t know what if anything CPJ was doing for Mr. Risen. He added that CPJ had thought about giving him an award but decided not to.
With all the participatory journalism being done in the U.S. today, it hasn’t been a good week for truth and justice—in the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, MO (not to indict police officer Wilson). NBC’s Brian Williams read the story, with a frown, saying that the grand jury “failed to come up with an indictment”—as if indicting was the only choice, which was not supported by the facts.