Free Speech & Press

The duPont-Columbia Awards Honor Intrepid Investigative Reporting

Past winners discuss the importance of the media, the stories behind their most powerful pieces and how journalists need to reach those who doubt the facts.

News and Research

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The Investigator

Columbia Journalism Review sits down for an interview with The Independent's Carole Cadwalldr, the investigative reporter who exposed the ties between Cambridge Analytica and Facebook.

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20 for 2020

Columbia Journalism Review lists some of its favorite stories in audio, video and text from the last decade.

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Hundreds of Local News Outlets are Distributing Algorithmic Stories and Conservative Talking Points

A new investigation from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism and the Columbia Journalism Review uncovers hundreds of partisan outlets masquerading as local news organizations.

Columbia in the News

After Tony Hall’s resignation, the BBC’s next boss will need nerves of steel

The Tow Center's Emily Bell, weighs in on the challenges from that BBC's next director general will face.

The Guardian
January 20, 2019

The Khashoggi verdict is exactly what impunity looks like. It must be denounced.

Global Freedom of Expression's Agnès Callamard denounces the recent verdict in Saudi Arabia on the case of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. 

The Washington Post
December 23, 2019

Reuters reinforces commitment to climate change coverage by joining ‘Covering Climate Now’

Reuters announced that it has joined the ‘Covering Climate Now’ initiative, a project co-founded by Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) and the Nation aimed at strengthening the media’s focus on the climate crisis.

December 19, 2019


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The Tech Giants, Monopoly Power, and Public Discourse

Watch this panel discussion, "New (and Old) Approaches to Shaping the Online Information Environment," from Knight Institute's Tech Giants symposium at Columbia Law School.

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Hear Their Stories

In this video campaign, Agnès Callamard speaks to Columbia News about the threats and violence journalists face worldwide and discusses the case of Jamal Khashoggi and freedom of speech with President Lee Bollinger.

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Lee C. Bollinger and Agnès Callamard in Discussion about Free Speech and Jamal Khashoggi

President Lee Bollinger and Agnès Callamard discuss how the US should do more to respond to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in a video for The Washington Post.


From the President's Desk

Columbia President Lee Bollinger's First Amendment scholarship

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Free Speech on Campus Is Doing Just Fine, Thank You

June 12, 2019 essay in The Atlantic.

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World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2019 interview with Time.

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Punish Khashoggi’s Killers

March 31, 2019 op-ed column in The Washington Post.

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The Free Speech Century

Co-edited book offers context for today’s free speech debates.