The Times Square New Year's Eve 2019 Charity Honoree is the Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom and the safety of journalists around the globe. For over 30 years, they have been defending the right of journalists to report the news safely and without fear of reprisal.

CPJ’s advocacy and campaigns helped journalists around the globe in 2018. CPJ’s advocacy contributed to the early release of at least 80 imprisoned journalists, and helped secure convictions in the murders of six journalists in 2018. Engaging with UN, the EU, and on the Hill in Washington, CPJ raised the cases of countless journalists targeted for their work.

In 2018 CPJ traveled to report on and advocate for journalists in at least 28 countries, and provided direct emergency support to more than 100 journalists under threat, including in places like Venezuela, Uzbekistan, and Syria. CPJ’s Emergencies Response Team published safety advisories with critical information for journalists covering hotspots and facing urgent safety concerns all over the world.

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Times Square New Year's Eve 2019 Special Guests

The official Special Guests of Times Square New Year's Eve 2019 will appear on stage with the Committee to Protect Journalists just before midnight to push the crystal button that signals the lowering of the Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball. The moment – seen by billions around the world – officially begins the 60-second countdown to the New Year. The group will include:

  • Karen Attiah, Global Opinions Editor, The Washington Post
  • Rebecca Blumenstein, Deputy Managing Editor, The New York Times
  • Alisyn Camerota, Co-Anchor, CNN New Day
  • Vladimir Duthiers, Correspondent, CBS News and Anchor, CBSN
  • Edward Felsenthal, Editor-in-Chief, TIME
  • Lester Holt, Anchor, NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC
  • Matt Murray, Editor-in-Chief, The Wall Street Journal
  • Martha Raddatz, Chief Global Affairs Correspondent and “This Week” Co-Anchor, ABC News
  • Maria Ressa, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Editor, Rappler
  • Jon Scott, Anchor, Fox Report Weekend on Fox News Channel  
  • Karen Toulon, Senior Editor, Bloomberg

Joel Simon, Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Official Charity Honoree of Times Square New Year’s Eve, will join the group onstage.

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