CPJ uses SecureDrop to protect journalists under fire

May 13, 2016 in Journalist Safety

How journalists can securely seek protection, Edward Snowden speaks out about the media and more in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance.

How SecureDrop helps CPJ protect journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is proud to announce our instance of SecureDrop, the anonymous submission system engineered to resist even nation-state surveillance. In a time of unprecedented, technologically-mediated threats to journalism both online and offline, CPJ's adoption of this state-of-the-art system will help us protect journalists who need help the most. There has never been a safer way to tell CPJ about press freedom violations anywhere in the world — or request direct support when you're under fire for your reporting.

CPJ's SecureDrop submission system is live at 2x2hb5ykeu4qlxqe.onion. To contact us, download the latest Tor Browser and head to our SecureDrop onion address. (Committee to Protect Journalists, 5/12)

Snowden interview: Why the media isn’t doing its job

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism’s Emily Bell spoke to Edward Snowden over a secure channel about his experiences working with journalists and his perspective on the shifting media world. This is an excerpt of that conversation, conducted in December 2015. It will appear in a forthcoming book: Journalism After Snowden: The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State, which will be released by Columbia University Press in 2016. (Emily Bell, Columbia Journalism Review, 5/10)

How one journalist is going after false news on Syria

Since the outbreak of the revolution in Syria five years ago, various Arab and international media outlets naturally began publishing daily reports about the various political, military and humanitarian developments in the country. Amid the great number of news flashes and articles, the amount of incorrect, distorted and groundless information became noticeable. This gave ​​Syrian journalist Ahmad Primo the idea to launch the platform Verify. Primo spoke to Al-Monitor about the purpose of the platform — “giving the reader correct information that is free of lies and distortion.” (Al-Monitor, 5/11)

Why storytelling ‘is still everything,’ despite new journalism tools

"If you're a journalist, show me a damn story," said multi-award winning journalist and producer Scott Rensberger to delegates of MojoCon, the mobile journalism conference organised by RTE, speaking in a workshop on April 30.

He highlighted that regardless of the new technologies or new forms of production available to reporters nowadays, journalists must remember that the story “is still everything.” (Journalism.co.uk, 5/3)

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