Committee to Protect Journalists Receives UN Accreditation

The United States has led a successful effort to grant United Nations accreditation to the Committee to Protect Journalists, a press freedom organization.

CPJ’s U.N. accreditation effort stalled in May when a subcommittee to the U.N.’s Economic and Social Council, which is responsible for accrediting nongovernmental agencies, turned down CPJ’s request after four years of bureaucratic delay.

As Tracy Wilkinson reports in the Los Angeles Times, “countries with abysmal human rights records, including Russia, China and Venezuela, took the lead in rejecting the CPJ” during the subcommittee vote in May. After the initial rejection, U.S. diplomats took up CPJ’s case and managed to bring it to a full vote before the 54 member states of the council, where CPJ was officially offered U.N. accreditation.

Accreditation will give the organization greater access to U.N. activities and resources, better allowing the CPJ to defend the rights of journalists and political dissidents in a world that has grown increasingly hostile towards the freedom of the press.

More Blog Posts

07-13-2018 04:07pm

Pretrial Justice Bail Reform Poll

A new survey—conducted by the Charles Koch Institute and the Pretrial Justice Institute—asked Americans about their knowledge and opinion of the United States’ pretrial justice system. Respondents were clear: the current system favors the wealthy and must be reformed.

Read more

06-11-2018 03:06pm

North Korea & Denuclearization—Rational Actor, or Unbalanced Risk-Taker?

Could history made in the spring continue through the summer? After tense missile tests and discussions of “bloody nose” strikes, the Korean peninsula has been experiencing a period of unprecedented diplomacy.

Read more

06-11-2018 09:06am

Survey on North Korea Diplomacy : Americans, South Koreans Want Diplomacy Rather Than Military Engagement

In a new survey by the Charles Koch Institute and Real Clear Politics, Americans and South Koreans overwhelmingly agreed that they do not want to pursue military action against North Korea, whether or not the June 12 summit is successful in securing denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Read more

Sign up for updates