Committee to Protect Journalists, Inc.

Defending Press Freedom Worldwide

aka CPJ   |   New York, NY   |
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Committee to Protect Journalists, Inc.

EIN: 13-3081500


The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) promotes press freedom worldwide and defends the right of journalists to report the news safely and without fear of reprisal. Why do we protect journalists? Journalism plays a vital role in the balance of power between a government and its people. When a country's journalists are silenced, its people are silenced. By protecting journalists, CPJ protects freedom of expression and democracy. When journalists can't speak, we speak up.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Committee to Protect Journalists fights for the rights of journalists around the world to report the news safely and without fear of reprisal. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, CPJ relies solely on contributions from individuals and corporations to carry out our important work. In order to preserve our independence, we do not accept any government grants or support of any kind. Individual and corporate donations help us investigate, publicize, and protest attacks on press freedom worldwide. The reports we publish, the campaigns we undertake, and the emergency missions we carry out to defend journalists under threat are funded entirely by donations and gifts from supporters. Your tax-deductible contribution and membership will make a crucial difference in the lives of embattled journalists worldwide.

Ruling year info



Ms. Jodie Ginsberg

Main address

PO Box 2675

New York, NY 10108 USA

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Subject area info


Human rights

Freedom of association and expression

Population served info


NTEE code info

Censorship, Freedom of Speech and Press Issues (R63)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

International Human Rights (Q70)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every year, hundreds of journalists are attacked, imprisoned, or killed all over the world. For more than 40 years, CPJ has been there to defend them and fight for press freedom.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Regional Programs

CPJ operates six regional programs covering press freedom issues in North America, South and Central America, Europe & Central Asia, Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The organization's Emergencies team also carries out global work focused on providing assistance to journalists under threat.

Its professional staff of journalists and regional experts reports on press freedom violations, advocates for reforms, and provides emergency aid to journalists at risk. All of the organization's published work is available online at, which includes sections in Arabic, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

CPJ has its headquarters in New York, and a network of correspondents in countries including Mexico City, Bogotá, São Paulo, Istanbul, Nairobi, and Bangkok. A representative in Brussels leads advocacy with European institutions. This global presence enables CPJ to respond quickly and effectively to press freedom emergencies. CPJ works with local, regional, and international media and human rights groups to promote freedom of expression.

Population(s) Served

CPJ's Emergencies team provides proactive and reactive support to journalists at risk. Since the inception of CPJ's Journalist Assistance program in 2001, the program has helped more than 1,000 journalists and their families. CPJ provides grants to help journalists pay for urgent medical treatment, fund legal defense, and flee the threat of murder or arrest.

Population(s) Served

CPJ's Advocacy Department oversees strategic communications and long-term campaigns for press freedom. CPJ reporting is routinely amplified by international news organizations such as Al-Jazeera, AP, BBC, The New York Times, and Univision. Media coverage of the organization's work is instrumental to raising public awareness about press freedom issues and building pressure on political leaders to take action. CPJ is expanding social media outreach and engagement across platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. The department oversees Internet Advocacy efforts and manages core campaigns, including campaigns to free the press and combat impunity.

Population(s) Served

The Editorial department manages all of CPJ's online, print, and multimedia publications. CPJ's website is the primary platform for the organization's reporting. features a mix of breaking news, blogs, and in-depth special reports. The Editorial team maintains the high journalistic standards that distinguish CPJ’s reporting and provide the basis for its influential advocacy.

Population(s) Served

CPJ’s Advocacy and Communications team works closely with the Program teams and the Editorial department to ensure that CPJ advocacy objectives are achieved. The team conducts campaigns, including calling for imprisoned journalists to be freed and for positive legal reform to be made, and engages with U.S., EU, and UN leaders, as well as those from other countries, to promote press freedom.

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Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of journalists granted early release from prison

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Direction of Success


Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

CPJ's primary goals are to protect individual journalists and promote press freedom worldwide. Our objectives include:

--Providing emergency support to journalists at risk
--Securing the release of imprisoned journalists
--Winning convictions in the cases of murdered journalists
--Obtaining government commitments, policy changes, and legislative action to improve press freedom conditions
--Exposing press freedom abuses through the media, including social media

CPJ meets with government officials on advocacy missions and publishes statements, alerts, blogs, letters, and special reports to advance press freedom and human rights. Throughout, we seek to hold repressive governments and others accountable for anti-press violations. Our work has helped lead to positive legal reforms, convictions in journalist murders, and the early release from prison of dozens of journalists.

CPJ has decades of experience covering anti-press violations and advocating on behalf of journalists under threat. Our staff includes experts on six regional programs—Africa, North America, South and Central America, Asia, Europe & Central Asia, and the Middle East & North Africa—and an Emergencies department that provides physical, digital, and psychosocial support to journalists all over the world. We have a global network of correspondents and representatives based in 14 global cities.

CPJ is a leader in the global movement for free expression. We are distinguished by the high quality of our reporting, decades of experience, a reputation for political independence, and an influential board of directors. CPJ pursues direct engagement with government officials—including meetings with heads of state—to secure results. Our reporting is routinely used as the basis for protests and appeals by other important actors, including political leaders, diplomats, and human rights defenders. CPJ's reporting is amplified by major international media coverage.

We have a strong track record of achieving impact. Journalists have told us that CPJ helped secure their release from prison, forced officials to back down, and literally saved their lives.

Despite unprecedented challenges, the Committee to Protect Journalists made some important gains in the fight for press freedom. They include:

--helping win the early release of hundreds of imprisoned journalists from all over the world
--contributing to securing convictions in the murders of scores of journalists globally
--providing direct financial and non-financial support to thousands of journalists under threat
--winning legal reform due to high-level meetings and effective advocacy

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 11.56 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6.1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 26% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Committee to Protect Journalists, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $1,263,207 $3,734,750 $1,720,585 $6,757,424 $142,839
As % of expenses 16.1% 40.6% 17.3% 69.4% 1.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $1,135,032 $3,610,739 $1,495,374 $6,291,778 -$337,602
As % of expenses 14.2% 38.7% 14.7% 61.7% -2.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $9,297,627 $11,091,282 $17,844,244 $12,187,476 $10,705,013
Total revenue, % change over prior year -3.4% 19.3% 60.9% -31.7% -12.2%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 4.5% 4.4% 2.7% 5.6% 6.2%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 5.4% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 95.3% 94.4% 96.3% 88.0% 90.2%
Other revenue 0.1% 1.2% 0.9% 1.0% 3.6%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $7,850,849 $9,195,366 $9,924,854 $9,738,829 $11,095,030
Total expenses, % change over prior year 8.4% 17.1% 7.9% -1.9% 13.9%
Personnel 53.7% 54.4% 52.4% 56.0% 51.4%
Professional fees 22.5% 25.1% 28.4% 27.0% 29.6%
Occupancy 6.5% 6.4% 7.7% 4.7% 2.4%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.4% 1.3%
Pass-through 4.0% 2.3% 3.2% 3.5% 5.4%
All other expenses 13.3% 11.8% 8.3% 7.3% 9.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $7,979,024 $9,319,377 $10,150,065 $10,204,475 $11,575,471
One month of savings $654,237 $766,281 $827,071 $811,569 $924,586
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $144,598
Fixed asset additions $0 $2,961,097 $636,205 $10,480,633 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $8,633,261 $13,046,755 $11,613,341 $21,496,677 $12,644,655

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 7.1 9.0 14.2 8.9 7.4
Months of cash and investments 26.7 27.5 31.8 30.3 24.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.4 8.4 9.8 9.1 7.9
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $4,652,630 $6,867,698 $11,774,516 $7,211,893 $6,819,000
Investments $12,810,254 $14,224,149 $14,529,601 $17,394,111 $15,975,489
Receivables $3,881,109 $3,029,815 $6,477,986 $3,087,652 $1,852,093
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,200,465 $4,161,562 $4,139,961 $14,608,181 $14,559,905
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 82.2% 26.7% 16.4% 7.7% 10.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.6% 14.2% 11.6% 13.6% 14.6%
Unrestricted net assets $4,405,203 $8,015,942 $9,511,316 $15,803,094 $15,465,492
Temporarily restricted net assets $4,291,287 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $12,056,249 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $16,347,536 $16,074,628 $23,212,286 $19,954,219 $16,776,026
Total net assets $20,752,739 $24,090,570 $32,723,602 $35,757,313 $32,241,518

Key data checks

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Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Ms. Jodie Ginsberg

Jodie Ginsberg is the president of the Committee to Protect Journalists. A journalist by profession, Ginsberg joined CPJ in 2022 from Internews Europe, where she was the chief executive officer. Ginsberg began her career as a graduate trainee with Reuters news agency, working as a commodities reporter before taking up a posting as a foreign correspondent in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she focused on the region’s financial sector. She subsequently worked as Reuters’ chief correspondent in Ireland, based in Dublin, and then bureau chief for the U.K. and Ireland. As bureau chief, Ginsberg managed coverage of the 2008 financial crisis, U.K. riots and 2010 general election. An internationally respected campaigner on issues of media freedom and freedom of expression, organizations, Ginsberg has a BA in English Literature from the University of Cambridge and a postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism from City, University of London.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 06/20/2023
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Board co-chair

Jacob Weisberg

Board co-chair

Jacob Weisberg

Stephen J. Adler

Susan Chira

The New York Times

Cheryl Gould

Jonathan Klein

Getty Images

Jane Kramer

The New Yorker

Isaac Lee

Kati Marton

Michael Massing

Geraldine Fabrikant Metz

The New York Times

Clarence Page

Chicago Tribune

Ahmed Rashid

David Remnick

The New Yorker

Alan Rusbridger

Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

Jon Williams


Darren Walker

Ford Foundation

Lydia Polgreen

Gimlet Media

Roger Widmann

Diane Brayton

New York Times Company

Lester Holt


Matt Murray

The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires

Norman Pearlstine

Maria Teresa Ronderos

Sheila Coronel

Columbia University School of Journalism

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/12/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Female, Not transgender
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/16/2022

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.


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