International Center for Journalists (USA)

In 1984, Tom Winship and two other prominent U.S. journalists decided to establish the nonprofit International Center for Journalists as a vehicle for supporting fellow journalists, especially those subject to repressive jurisdictions with little tradition of freedom of the press. Offering training programs meant to teach critical skills to professional journalists and ordinary citizens, the center's activities have reached many countries with problematic legal systems, such as China, Pakistan, Tunisia and Egypt. In 2013, an Egyptian court tried and convicted American journalist and ICJ program director Natasha Tynes in absentia on charges of having taught Egyptian dissidents to illegally communicate and coordinate their activities through common social-media platforms such as Twitter. In spite of an attempt by Egypt's government to have Interpol, the international police agency, arrest Ms. Tynes and physically deliver her to Egyptian authorities to serve a five-year sentence, she continues to report freely from the ICJ's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The ICJ sponsors workshops, fellowships and seminars intended to vigorously promote excellence in journalism, and the center works hard to increase inclusivity by making many of its training programs and investigative tools freely available on the Web. Beginning in 2006, the ICJ began an annual tradition of honoring outstanding journalists by bestowing its first ICFJ Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism on the three original founders, who had since left the organization. Much of the center's funding is provided by the National Endowment for Democracy, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and other charitable groups.

Recently, the ICJ has moved to strengthen its coverage of environmental issues.

Visit the ICJ here: http://www.icfj.org.

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