Funds Will Benefit International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and Committee To Protect Journalists
Press Release – HOLLYWOOD, CA (January 7, 2018) – Tonight, during the 75th Golden Globe® Awards, Hollywood’s Party of the Year TM, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced $2 million in grants to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Committee To Protect Journalists – $1 million to each organization. This is the first time a donation announcement has been made during the live telecast.
“We HFPA journalists are committed to supporting humanitarian organizations, film restoration, and film education,” remarked Meher Tatna, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. “To date, we have granted over $30 million to those causes. And being an association of journalists, we are keenly aware of its importance, especially today.”
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning global network of more than 200 investigative journalists in 70 countries who have collaborated on 27 unprecedented international in-depth investigative stories. According to ICIJ Director Gerard Ryle, the $1 million grant will be used to purchase an official headquarters for its core staff in Washington, D.C.
“There’s never been a more important time to safeguard the truth by supporting investigative journalism,” said Ryle. “We are extremely grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for its great expression of support for the ICIJ and for the important work being done by the Committee to Protect Journalists. Truth is under attack, both politically and economically, and the brutal reality of recent years is that journalists routinely risk their lives just for doing their jobs, even in countries once thought safe.”
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide. Throughout CPJ’s 36-year history, it has advocated directly with U.S. authorities, urging them to support the rights of journalists around the world. The $1 million grant will be used to strengthen their international network of correspondents who advance their mission of promoting global press freedom and to create additional developmental roles to further build out a donor program.
“We are grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, its board, and its president Meher Tatna for their recognition and generosity. Journalists are under tremendous pressure these days, and around the world a record number are in prison for doing their job. The best journalism exposes wrongdoing and demands accountability. We must stand together as professionals and as part of a global community to defend the rights of journalists who confront the powerful, wherever they may be,” said Joel Simon, executive director, Committee to Protect Journalists.
For more than 25 years, the HFPA has been using the funds garnered through Golden Globe licensing fees to donate nearly $30 million in grants to deserving nonprofit organizations and institutions, provide more than 1,500 scholarships to underrepresented students, and restore over 90 films in partnership with the Film Foundation. In August, the HFPA distributed $3 million in grants to over 50 nonprofits and institutions that are empowering the next generation of filmmakers and storytellers and providing opportunities for underrepresented individuals in the entertainment industry at the Annual Grants Banquet.
For more information about the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Charlitable Trust, please visit www.goldenglobes.com/hfpa. For more information about the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, please visit https://cpj.org or www.icij.org.
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