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Committee to Protect Journalists boosted by Meryl Streep’s appeal

A plug from Meryl Streep on Sunday’s Golden Globes telecast sparked a surge in contributions to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
A plug from Meryl Streep on Sunday’s Golden Globes telecast sparked a surge in contributions to the Committee to Protect Journalists.(MIKE NELSON/EPA)

NEW YORK — A plug from Meryl Streep on Sunday’s Golden Globes telecast sparked a surge in contributions to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

By mid-afternoon Monday, the CPJ had received about 700 online donations totaling $60,000, communications associate Mehdi Rahmati said.

Ordinarily, only a handful of donations would have been received overnight, he said, ‘‘And people are still reaching out.’’

Accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award, Streep cited President-elect Donald Trump’s tumultuous relationship with the media. Then, she urged viewers to support a free press as journalists face dangerous assignments abroad. Last year was the worst on record for journalist imprisonment around the world, according to the CPJ, a non-profit committed to protecting press freedom.

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Streep’s appeal to the telecast’s 20 million viewers was a happy surprise for the CPJ, Rahmati said.