Archive for April, 2015

Here are the 10 worst countries for journalists in 2015(AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Committee to Protect Journalists has released a ranking of the ten most-censored countries around the world.

Can you guess the #1 spot??

Read more here: http://qz.com/388248/here-are-the-10-worst-countries-for-journalists-in-2015/

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The Iraqi government is responsible for protecting foreign and local journalists, the United Nations said on Monday, after the Baghdad bureau chief for Reuters had to leave the country when he was threatened in reaction to a Reuters report.

Read the full article here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/13/us-mideast-iraq-reuters-idUSKBN0N424420150413

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A Turkish court Monday acquitted the first foreign journalist to be tried in almost two decades on terrorism-related charges, dropping the closely watched case amid mounting international concern over Turkey’s poor press freedom record.

Read the full story here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/turkish-court-drops-all-charges-against-dutch-journalist-1428938043

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KAFR QADDOUM, West Bank, Apr 7 2015 (IPS) – It is becoming increasingly risky to cover clashes and protests between Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters in the West Bank as the number of journalists injured, in what appears to be deliberate targeting by Israeli security forces, continues to rise.

Read the full story here: http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/04/israeli-forces-target-journalists-in-west-bank/

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In a letter from prison, an Egyptian photojournalist who spent more than 600 days in detention without any charges said his prison is like a “cemetery” and that he left his “dignity” at its gates. Mahmoud Abou-Zeid, known by his nickname Shawkan, was arrested in August 2013 while taking photographs of the government’s violent dispersal of a sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Over 600 people were killed in the dispersal.

Read the full report here: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/egypt-photojournalist-describes-detention-600-days-30137141

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Indonesian policemen stand guard as Papuan people hold a rally  in Jakarta (Reuters/Pius Erlangga)

A rally in Jakarta for the Free Papua Movement. Restricted media access to the Indonesian region has left the ongoing fight for secession under reported. With more than 50 years of restricted media access, one of the least covered armed conflicts in the world is the long-simmering struggle between Indonesia’s military and the secessionist Free Papua Movement.

Read the full story here: http://www.cpj.org/blog/2015/03/media-restrictions-in-papua-underscore-indonesias-.php

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Ahmed Idris and Ali Mustafa were detained while in Borno state reporting on fighting between government forces and Islamist rebels Boko Haram. Ahmed Idris and producer Ali Mustafa were detained in their hotel rooms in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, last Tuesday, and had equipment seized.

Read the full story here: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/mar/31/al-jazeera-calls-for-release-of-two-journalists-held-in-nigeria

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he was tailed for months by pursuit cars, bribed, propositioned to spy on other foreign journalists and possibly traced by way of his cell phone. Here’s the story of what allegedly happens when a journalist tries to report on unflattering activity in the UAE: http://www.newsweek.com/under-surveillance-abu-dhabi-reporters-saga-being-followed-bribed-and-317627

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Gary Pruitt (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Gary Pruitt said a new framework is needed to protect journalists as they cover conflicts in which they are increasingly seen as targets by extremist groups. Globally, 61 journalists were killed in the line of duty in 2014, bringing to more than 1,000 the number who have died since 1992, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

View the full story here: http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/ap-chief-killing-of-journalists-should-be-a-war-crime/

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