Archive for October, 2014


Telling the stories of conflict in Syria and Iraq has become prohibitively dangerous for many news organizations; more than 70 journalists have been killed while covering the Syrian war. While a few international reporters remain in the country, much of the reporting is now done from the outside.

To read more, click http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/obstacles-dangers-reporting-syria/

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On 23 October 2014, the chief executive of Guardian Media Group, Andrew Miller, gave a Polis Public lecture at the London School of Economics.

To read more, click http://www.theguardian.com/gnm-press-office/2014/oct/23/andrew-miller-global-news-media-the-next-horizon

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The name Ben Bradlee elicited sharp emotions for anyone who crossed paths with the Washington Post executive editor during his 1968-91 tenure. Fear and loathing probably topped the list for politicians. For journalists, unbridled respect. For the public, Bradlee was the guy who played Jason Robards’ all the President’s Men character in real life.

To read more, click http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/20141022-editorial-remembering-ben-bradlee.ece

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Sometime in 2013, as Islamic State militants expanded the territory under their control, an order came down to the local brigades: Grab any non-Muslim foreigner you can find. Western journalists became prime targets, and over the next few months dozens were captured by local fighters.

To read more, click http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/62536977/how-to-cover-the-islamic-state–and-survive

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The journalists and civil society members received threatening text messages and phone calls from a group called Rata Beragath Deshapremi Balakaya (“patriotic force that salvaged the country”), which vowed they would “attack” should the reporters attend a planned investigating journalism workshop hosted by Transparency International Sri Lanka.

To read more, click http://www.ucanews.com/news/death-threats-en-masse-for-sri-lankan-journalists/72190

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John Battle, head of compliance at ITV News and Channel 4 News producer ITN, said the legal safeguards that allowed journalists to protect sources now amounted to nothing because police and others could circumvent them “through the back door” to identify sources or obtain information without going through the usual judicial processes. “It’s absolutely astonishing the idea that can happen,” Battle added.

To read more, click http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/oct/16/journalists-legal-protection-itn-guardian-ripa

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Amanpour is CNN’s chief international correspondent and anchor of a daily foreign affairs program on CNN International. She is expected to continue to produce international news segments for the network.

To read more, click http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/cnn-lays-nyc-staff-christiane-amanpour-article-1.1974252

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