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By Kerry Close
January 9, 2017
Meryl Streep mentioned the Committee to Protect Journalists at the Golden Globes Sunday evening.
Meryl Streep mentioned the Committee to Protect Journalists at the Golden Globes Sunday evening.
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Donations are pouring in to the Committee to Protect Journalists after Meryl Streep urged viewers to support the non-profit at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards.

Streep used her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement to denounce President-elect Donald Trump for mocking a disabled reporter in 2015. She went on to encourage the audience to support the press in holding Trump accountable “for every outrage”:

The CPJ documents and researches cases in which journalists’ press freedom is being violated and provides financial assistance to journalists in danger. It also works with heads of state and other diplomatic officials to seek justice for imprisoned or murdered journalists. The non-profit employs about 40 people around the world and raised nearly $1 million in 2016.

A typical Sunday evening brings in about five donations, said Courtney Radsch, the group’s advocacy director. However, in the wake of Streep’s comments, the non-profit received about 700 online donations on Sunday night, or 140 times the typical amount for that time.

The CPJ has yet to calculate the total amount raised since Streep’s speech, but Radsch said most of the gifts were small. Streep’s nod to the organization also brought increased traffic to the group’s website and social media pages.

“A lot of people were hearing about us for the first time,” Radsch said. “We just want to make sure they knew how to connect with us and understand what our mission is.”

Disclosure: Time Inc., Money’s parent company, has been a supporter of CPJ.

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