Joel Simon to head new initiative to combat growing threats to journalism


Joel Simon, who has worked tirelessly as a champion of press freedom around the world, will join the Newmark J-School on Feb. 1 as the founding director of the Journalism Protection Initiative.

The Journalism Protection Initiative will conduct and host research into the growing threats to journalism and journalists in the U.S. and around the world, with a focus on disinformation and propaganda, tech regulation and policy, rising authoritarianism, and the use of violence, repression and lawfare to suppress critical voices. Through convenings and public events, it will establish a pioneering presence, positioning itself to meet the tremendous demand from scholars, educators, academics and journalists, as well as policy makers seeking to address the global press freedom crisis.

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