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In fight against extremism, press freedom must not be compromised

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

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The following is a CPJ blog post by Courtney Radsch, CPJ's advocacy director, on 20 February 2015.

In an effort to counter extremists and militant groups who use a mix of violence and social media to spread their message, a summit was held in Washington, D.C. this week to discuss how to counter violent extremism. While there is little denying that these groups must be tackled, an approach must be found that will not justify restricting the press.

The slick media arm of Islamic State led the White House to announce an international coalition, including Arab allies, that will fight the militant group on the virtual battlefield as well as on the ground.

Read the full CPJ story here.

CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney C. Radsch, PhD, is a journalist, researcher, and free expression advocate.

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