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Archive for April, 2014

A New Code: SPJ Struggles to Define Rules of Online Journalism

The Society of Professional Journalists has released a revised draft about the code of ethics that includes updated guidance on how journalists should behave in the rapidly changing field of digital news, after leaving it untouched for nearly 18 years in this March. The proposed revisions offer both specific and subtle changes to the 1996 code, including new tenets that direct journalists to “aggressively … update information as the story unfolds” and independently verify information taken from other news sources.

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Attack on Journalists Exposes Incompetent Pakistani Security

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists ranked Pakistan among the deadliest places in the world for journalists: 10th place in 2012 and 8th in 2013, with 23 murders that occurred over the past decade, but the number of deaths alone fails to explain either the real progress or the true challenges of media development in the country. Efforts should be made to protect journalists and social media activists throughout Pakistan and in Balochistan.

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Journalists 'tiptoe through land mines' of reporting on religious freedom at RNS/Newseum event in D.C.

Journalists and media experts discussed the red lines they face covering religion and religious freedom in China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Denmark and further afield during Journalism Between Red Lines: Covering Religion and Religious Freedom in a World of Conflict, an RNS/Newseum event at the Knight Conference Center in Washington, D.C. on April 9.

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Where’s the most dangerous place to be a journalist?

Here are some statistics about the death of the journalists. Where is the most dangerous place for journalists? Data about the numbers of journalists killed every year and some relevant data.

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'Press freedom in Hong Kong has never been worse', says journalist Ching Cheong

Chan King-cheung, president of the Hong Kong Economic Journal‘s digital version, believed that Hong Kong’s deteriorating press freedom can still be safeguarded as long as journalists stand up against any corrosive forces. To protect the press freedom, he advised journalists to simply say “no” if they ever received a call instructing them to drop a critical story.

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Al Jazeera journalists reach 100 days in jail

Al Jazeera English journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy, and Baher Mohamed have been held in jail in Egypt for 100 days. The network urged the international community to support its call for their release by sending their own personal messages on social media using the campaign hashtag, #FreeAJStaff.

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Foreign journalists call for greater international scrutiny of Hong Kong press freedom

Two senior executives of Hong Kong Morning News Media Group were assaulted by masked men in broad daylight in Tsim Sha Tsui on March 19 and  the former Ming Pao chief editor Kevin Lau Chun-to were attacked  in San Wan Ho on February 26. Attacks on high profile Hong Kong media figures have had a “chilling effect” on both local and foreign media. Media authorities urged overseas governments to watch, monitor and comment on the situation, though there was little they could do to protect journalists in Hong Kong.

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