Park Center for Independent Media presents “The Trump Effect: Press Freedom in the US and Around the World”

The Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Joel Simon will deliver a talk on the state of media freedom in the United States and across the globe on Wednesday, December 12th at 5:30 pm in Textor 101.

Upholding freedom of expression and the rights of journalists is essential at a time when reporters are being murdered and imprisoned in record numbers; when misinformation and disinformation are proliferating online; and when a new generation of autocratic leaders is seeking to suppress criticism and dissent.

Simon has been the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists since 2006 and before that headed up CPJ’s Americas program. He has written widely on press freedom issues for The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Guardian and dozens of other publications around the world. He is a regular columnist for Columbia Journalism Review and the author of three books, “Endangered Mexico,” “The New Censorship” and “We Want to Negotiate: the Secret World of Kidnapping, Hostages, and Ransom” (forthcoming).


The Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM), launched in 2008, is a center for the study of journalism-oriented media outlets that create and distribute content outside traditional corporate systems and news organizations. The Center examines the impact of independent media on journalism, democracy, society, and participatory cultures. The US independent media sector is growing in response to concentration of media ownership, the emergence of conglomerates, and corporate constraints on journalism. In order to address multiple economic, environmental, political, and social crises, it is critical to protect a free, independent, and viable media system outside the corporatized mainstream journalism sectors. The highest principles of the First Amendment of the United States and a democracy based on the free exercise of an informed citizenry are of paramount and urgent importance in the current era.

The Center’s mission is to engage media producers and students in dialogue and action about independent media, especially US-based outlets producing content (across single- or multiple-content platforms) on issues such as equity, social justice, and sustainability.

Raza Ahmad Rumi is the director and Brandy Hawley is our administrative assistant.

Jeff Cohen was the founding director from 2008-2018.

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PCIM Director Jeff Cohen co-produced this documentary on independent media. Please visit for more information.

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