The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has appointed Jodie Ginsberg as its new President. She is succeeding Joel Simon, who has stepped down after leading the organization for 15 years.
A journalist by profession, Ginsberg, 44, has served since March 2020 as CEO for Internews Europe, part of non-profit Internews alliance. She was previously CEO of freedom of expression campaign group, Index on Censorship. A South African and British national, she worked for more than a decade as a foreign correspondent and newsroom leader at Reuters news agency. Ginsberg is expected to take up her appointment in April, when she will relocate to New York from the UK.
Her work at Reuters included reporting from southern Africa, Ivory Coast and Nigeria as well as postings in Dublin as Chief Correspondent, Ireland and as Bureau Chief, UK and Ireland, when she oversaw a staff of 40.
“The past two years have shown just how vital a role the press plays in our global world,” Ginsberg said. “Journalists help hold power to account, expose corruption and injustice and shine a spotlight on the most important issues of our day – from health to climate to social change. For that, far too many face a growing threat of violence and harassment. I am determined to help reverse this trend and am honored to be leading CPJ at such a critical juncture”.
“Journalism is under attack like never before from repressive governments, despots and criminals, and CPJ’s work is more important than ever,” said CPJ Board Chair Kathleen Carroll.
Deputy Executive Director Robert Mahoney will oversee the organization pending Ginsberg’s arrival.
The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide.