NEW YORK (AP) – 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.
Streep’s appeal to the telecast’s 20 million viewers was a happy surprise for the CPJ, Rahmati said.