Brayton, Ronderos join CPJ’s board: 250 imprisoned worldwide as Pakistani journalists facing Anti terror laws

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KARACHI (By Mohsin Khan) The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) On Wednesday announced that Diane Brayton, executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary of The New York Times Company, and Maria Teresa Ronderos, former director of the Open Society Foundation’s program on independent journalism, have joined the organization’s board of directors.

Kathleen Carroll, chair of the board said. said Diane deeply understands the threats to journalists worldwide. Maria Teresa’s knowledge of the threats journalists face is deeply felt, and she brings decades of commitment to press freedom to the board.

Ronderos authored a book on the subject, “Guerras Recicladas,” for which she was awarded the 2015 Simon Bolivar National Award for “Journalist of the Year.” She has received the King of Spain Iberoamerican Award and the Columbia University Maria Moors Cabot Award.

Brayton and Ronderos are joining CPJ at a time when press freedom is increasingly under threat worldwide.

Diane Brayton

 

CPJ executive director Joel Simon recently testified at a congressional hearing, stressing the dangers for journalists globally and calling on Congress to speak out against press freedom violations.

In 2018, for the third year in a row, CPJ documented at least 250 journalists imprisoned worldwide. Already this year, at least seven journalists have been killed in connection to their work.
Lala Hassan, Pakistani Media Lawyer and Human Rights Defender reflecting on the induction in CPJ board members said hope both passionate persons would create enabling environment for Journalists worldwide.
While responding to a question he said Pakistani journalists have been facing difficult situation as at least 20 journalists have been booked under Anti terror laws.

Hassan said less attention being paid on the issue as it seems huge emerging threat apart from killings of the journalists in the country.

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