WASHINGTON, DC -- NAB announced today that it will donate $10,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in honor of James Foley and Steven Sotloff, American journalists who were abducted and murdered while covering the Syrian Civil War.
"James Foley and Steven Sotloff showed incredible bravery in risking – and ultimately sacrificing – their lives to tell the story of the people of Syria," said NAB Joint Board Chairman Charles Warfield. "NAB would like to honor their memory by showing our commitment to CPJ's mission of supporting journalists' rights to safely and freely cover important events around the world."
The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting freedom of the press worldwide and protecting the rights of journalists to report news without fear of reprisal. Founded in 1981, CPJ defends against attacks on press freedom through advocacy work such as documenting cases of abuse, and providing material and moral support to journalists in need.
"There has been never a more dangerous and deadly time for the press, as these terrible killings vividly remind us," said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. "At CPJ, we are stepping up our efforts to increase journalists' safety, fight for the release of those in jail, advocate for justice, and provide direct support to journalists and their families who are victims of abuse. We are grateful to the National Association of Broadcasters for its generous contribution to CPJ which will help support this crucial work."
"The horrific killings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff serve as reminders of the dangers to journalists seeking to cover events people have a right to know about," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. "NAB is extremely concerned about these threats to press freedom and reaffirms our deep appreciation for journalists who put themselves on the front line to report the news."
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