Frank Smyth is founder and executive director of Global Journalist Security. He is also Senior Advisor for Journalist Security at the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, where he blogs on journalist security. Frank has been awarded for both his investigative journalism and his service to the journalism community. He has covered armed conflicts, organized crime and human rights abuses in El Salvador, Guatemala, Cuba, Colombia, Rwanda, Uganda, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Jordan and Iraq, where, in 1991, he was imprisoned for 18 days. Smyth has reported for CBS News, and written for outlets including The Nation, The Village Voice, The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Foreign Affairs. Through the 1990s, Frank was an arms trafficking investigator for Human Rights Watch, and wrote Arming Rwanda on the eve of the genocide. He served for seven years, until 2010, on the board of the European-based International News Safety Institute. Smyth is a former Frank Ochberg Fellow at the Columbia University-based Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, and co-author of the Dart Center’s main guide, Tragedies and Journalists. Frank sits on the Advisory Board of World Pulse, a global network giving voice to women. Frank and GJS previously collaborated with the International Women’s Media Foundation. Frank is the main author of CPJ’s Journalist Security Guide, released in seven languages along with an IPad application and eBook in 2012.
Smyth is an internationally recognized expert on press freedom, journalist security and related matters. In June 2014 in Geneva, he spoke on journalist safety at the U.N. Human Rights Council, addressing U.N. Member States on a panel with the United Nation’s top human rights and free expression officials. He has spoken at the United States Institute of Peace, and testified before the U.S. House and Senate, the Organization of American States, and the International Commission of Jurists. Frank has appeared on CNN, CNN en Español, MSNBC, ABC News, Fox News, Reuters Television, Public Broadcasting Service “News Hour with Jim Lehrer,”Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio “Fresh Air with Terry Gross,” PRI’s “The World,” C-Span, BBC, BBC Arabic, Radio France Internationale, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Arabiya, Alhurra, “Democracy Now!”, WBAI New York, Pacifica, KPFA San Francisco and WNYC New York. Frank has also spoken at forums in cities including Washington, Philadelphia, New York, San Diego, Doha, Berlin, Bonn, Rome, Tonsberg (Norway), Erbil (Iraq), and in Spanish via video to Guatemala City.
Frank is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and Boston College. He also continues to work as a journalist for outlets like Mother Jones, and has been a frequent, on-air contributor about the gun lobby on MSNBC. Frank is also a formerly New Jersey-certified Emergency Medical Technician.
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