Courtney C. Radsch, PhD, is a free expression advocate who works at the nexus of media, activism and technology. She has spent her career developing a 360-degree perspective through her work as a journalist, an academic, an international civil servant, and program manager. She is the author of Cyberactivism and Citizen Journalism in Egypt: Digital Dissidence and Political Change.
As Advocacy Director at the Committee to Protect Journalists, Dr. Radsch works on freedom of expression and journalist safety issues, including physical and digital threats. Currently she is interested in how the countering violent extremism agenda is impacting journalists, from the role of tech firms in censoring content to the impact of anti-terrorism laws on journalists. She is also working on issues related to online harassment of journalists, particularly women, and looking at the press freedom dimensions of internet governance issues, such as digital sovereignty, surveillance and privacy, and net neutrality/zero-rating.
Dr. Radsch is a frequent public speaker on topics including media and technology, freedom of expression, journalism, and social media. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Al Jazeera, Project Syndicate, the International Herald Tribune, the Daily Star, and Oxford Analytica, among others. She is a term member of the Council of Foreign Relations and a member of the academic network of internet governance scholars GigaNet. She is a non-resident fellow of the Center for Media, Data and Society at Central European University, and serves on the advisory board for Social Media Exchange (SMEX) in Lebanon and the advisory board of the Swedish online magazine menatidningen.se.
Dr. Radsch started her career in journalism at the Daily Star in Lebanon, followed by a position with The New York Times, and then Al Arabiya in Dubai, where she managed the English-language website but lost her job because of an article she wrote. This experience prompted her transition to press freedom advocacy, first at Freedom House then at UNESCO and now at CPJ.
Dr. Radsch holds a Ph.D. in international relations from American University, a master’s of science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree with highest honors in mass communication from the University of California, Berkeley. She speaks Arabic, French and Spanish.