CPJ to launch book on 'Attacks on the Press'

February 19, 2012 11:26 am 

By Ben Cal

MANILA, Feb. 18 — The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a New York-based non-profit media organization, will launch the book "Attacks on the Press" on February 21.

“The battle for information control has taken center stage as forces of repression across the globe — governments, militants and criminal groups — leverage both new and traditional tactics to obscure misdeeds and silence dissent,” said a CPJ statement furnished to the Philippines News Agency.

CPJ is an independent non-profit organization that promotes press freedom and defends the rights of journalists. The outfit was founded in 1981 by a group of U.S.-based foreign correspondents in response to harassment from authoritarian governments, according to Wikipeda.

The CPJ yearly publication "Attacks on the Press" chronicles the state of press freedom worldwide “to shed light on the cause and effect of anti-media assaults.”

“Beyond an overview of media conditions in more than 100 countries, the book also documents individual cases and key issues,” the CPJ statement said.

Highlights of the book include: probing reporting as a risk for African development, unpredictable new threats in the Arab world, intimidation in Asia, state media as a political weapon in Latin America and the dangers of Internet crime laws worldwide. (PNA)

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