CPJ Head Joel Simon to Step Down, Issues Warning

By Brad Pareso 

After 15 years as the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Joel Simon said on Wednesday that he would step down by the end of the year. (NYT)

Simon said in an interview that he’s worried about the growing number of journalists being detained and imprisoned, noting that governments are being more aggressive toward members of the media. (The Hill)

Board chair Kathleen Carroll will lead a committee of board members to identify a successor to Simon, who will assist with the transition. Simon, 56, joined CPJ as Americas program coordinator in 1997 and became deputy director in 1999. He was appointed executive director in 2006. (CPJ)