Joel Simon is the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. He has written widely on media issues, contributing to Slate, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, The Guardian, and The Washington Post. He has led numerous international missions to advance press freedom. His book The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom was published by Columbia University Press in 2014. A graduate of Amherst College and Stanford University, he lives in New York City.