Regarding the CPJ letter, I'm sorry but I have no respect for CPJ as an organization. As an anti-war commenter I have long noted its slant in reporting conflicts around the word. Here's a lengthy expose of how its standards slipped when it came to reporting the NATO war on Serbia: http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/srealj.htm
ZNet Commentary, 3 February 2000
REAL JOURNALISM VERSUS PROPAGANDA
By Edward S. Herman.
"The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has long specialized in compiling lists of journalists abused and killed in various parts of the world, and it has generally done this without compromising political discrimination...But the CPJ has broken new ground in 2000: despite the fact that on April 23, 1999, CPJ issued a statement condemning the NATO bombing of Radio and Television Serbia (RTS) as "a threat to all journalists covering the Yugoslav conflict," its list of 33 journalists killed worldwide in 1999, released on January 6, excluded the 16 workers killed in that bombing attack. The Times of India's veteran journalist Siddarth Varadarajan queried the CPJ on this exclusion, and got a reply from Judy Blank, the CPJ's director of communications. She stated that although the CPJ "has an extremely broad definition of who is a journalist" their analysis of RTS broadcasts, "particularly prior to the NATO bombing campaign, leads us to the conclusion that by any definition it would not be considered journalism." (CPJ is allegedly preparing a report on the research that led to this conclusion)"
As an apologist for US agression: http://www.cpj.org/2009/02/attacks-on-t ... uction.php
"In an action that has never been fully explained, a U.S. tank opened fire on the Palestine Hotel, a well-known base for the international news media, killing two reporters. CPJ’s investigation determined that tank personnel believed they were shooting at an artillery spotter. Commanders were aware that the hotel was full of journalists, CPJ concluded, but they failed to relay the information to troops in the field.
Over the next five years, journalists found themselves squeezed between the military and militants. In all, at least 16 journalists have been killed by U.S. forces in Iraq. Although CPJ found that none of the killings had been a deliberate attack on news media, we also concluded that none of the killings had been fully investigated—including the bombing of Al-Jazeera’s Baghdad bureau, which killed reporter Tareq Ayyoub"
Similar whitewashing occured when Al-Jazeera's Kabul bureau was bombed.
Or that they did much more than "call for an investigation" when Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena was shot at by the US Army (and intelligence chief Nicola Calipari, who lost his life while trying to save her) but when it comes to the Knox case http://www.cpj.org/2011/04/journalists- ... er-cas.php
they call on the President of Italy "We ask you to ensure that the politically motivated lawsuit against Perugia blogger Frank Sfarzo is immediately scrapped"
The lack of neutrality by a "journalist's organization" appalls me.