April 2016

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April 2016

The following are links to articles related to media safety. The stories compiled here are from other sources and for informational purposes only. SAG-AFTRA does not verify their accuracy and posting them here does not imply an endorsement of the source.

CPJ Joins Call for UN to Appoint Special Representative for Safety of Journalists
April 29, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By Courtney Radsch
The Committee to Protect Journalists is one of 35 press freedom groups calling on the U.N. General Assembly to appoint a Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary General for the Safety of Journalists as soon as possible.
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Baltimore Police Charge Man, 25, in TV Station Standoff
April 29, 2016 – Baltimore Sun
By Alsion Knezevich
The 25-year-old man who wore an animal costume and what appeared to be an explosive device that turned out to be chocolate bars and wire faces felony charges in Thursday's standoff at a Baltimore television station.
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Progress is Possible on Press Freedom and Journalist Safety [OPINION]
April 29, 2016 – Minneapolis Star Tribune
By John Rash
The headlines about press freedom are bleak.
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Improving Journalists’ Safety Along a Violent Border
April 29, 2016 – International Journalists’ Network
By Jorge Luis Sierra
The U.S.–Mexico border is a very challenging region for journalists. They need to cover everything from a bi-national perspective; speak two languages; understand two different political, legal and judicial systems; and also take risks covering the illegal drug trade, human trafficking and the crime and violence attached to them.
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A Former Hostage of Extremists in Syria Thinks the US Needs to Talk to Assad
April 26, 2016 – PRI’s The World
By Joyce Hackel
American journalist and former hostage Theo Padnos had plenty of time to think about how Islamist extremists see the world, and when they might be willing to compromise. 
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Editor of Bangladesh’s only LGBT Magazine Hacked to Death
April 25, 2016 – Newsweek
By Lucy Westcott
The editor of Bangladesh’s only LGBT magazine and another man were killed in the capital, Dhaka, on Monday.
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Report Finds Press Freedom Declines in Africa, World
April 27, 2016 – Voice of America
By Salem Solomon
Press freedom declined in Africa and around the world in 2015, according to a new report by the monitoring and advocacy group Freedom House.
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Mexican Reporter Shot to Death in Guerrero State
April 25, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff
Mexican journalist Francisco Pacheco Beltrán was shot to death in front of his home in the city of Taxco, Guerrero state, on Monday, according to local press reports.
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China Jails Citizen Journalist who Witnessed Tiananmen Immolation Protest
April 25, 2016 – Radio Free Asia
By Qiao Long and Wen Yuqing
Authorities in the northeastern Chinese province of Jilin have jailed a citizen journalist for nearly five years on public order charges after she reported on the self-immolation of a petitioner on Beijing's Tiananmen Square, her lawyer said on Monday.
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Dutch Journalists Arrested in Turkey for Criticising Erdogan
April 24, 2016 – The Guardian
By Agencies in Ankara
A Dutch journalist was blocked from leaving Turkey on Sunday following her arrest on Saturday night for tweets deemed critical of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
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Family of Journalist Steven Sotloff Sues Syria in US Court over ISIS Beheading
April 19, 2016 – The Guardian
By Associated Press
The family of journalist Steven Sotloff is suing Syria in US court, claiming the government of President Bashar al-Assad provided support to Islamic State militants who carried out the beheading.
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US Condemns Syrian Journalist’s Murder by IS in Turkey
April 14, 2016 – BBC News
By Staff
The US has condemned the "vicious murder" of a Syrian journalist in Turkey by an Islamic State militant - the fourth such attack in a year.
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Syrian Journalist Attacked by IS in Turkey Dies
April 12, 2016 – New York Times
By Associated Press
A Syrian journalist who was shot in the Turkish city of Gaziantep in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group died from his wounds Tuesday, a close friend said.
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Kidnapping for Profit or Propaganda: How Hostage Risk for Journalists is on the Rise
April 12, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By Frank Smyth
From Central America to North Africa, kidnappings are on the rise and journalists are among the groups at risk of being abducted.
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Journalists Demand Justice for 22 Colleagues Murdered in Honduras
April 12, 2016 – The Guardian
By Roy Greenslade
Journalists and defenders of free expression gathered in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, on Monday to demand justice for the 22 journalists who have been murdered in the country since 2014.
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Syrian Journalist Wounded in Attack in Turkey
April 10, 2016 – Yahoo News
By Associated Press
Turkey's state-run news agency says a Syrian journalist has been seriously wounded in an attack in Turkey — the latest victim of a series of assaults against Syrian journalists in the country.
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Syria Releases U.S. Freelance Photographer Kevin Patrick Dawes
April 8, 2016 – Washington Post
By Adam Goldman
The Syrian government has freed an American freelance photographer who was abducted after traveling to the country in 2012, according to two U.S. officials.
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Australian Reporter and TV Crew Detained while Filming Story in Beirut
April 7, 2016 – The Guardian
By Kareen Shaheen and Amanda Meade
An Australian reporter and TV crew have been detained in Beirut where they were filming a story about two Australian children who have been taken there by their Lebanese father.
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CNN Correspondent Clarissa Ward Talks Reporting in the Middle East as a Woman
April 6, 2016 – Women’s Wear Daily
By Alexandra Steigrad
Clarissa Ward is in New York from her base in London to talk to her U.S. colleagues about her recent six-day trip to Syria, which took six months to plan.
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Female TV Reporter Attacked Live On Air in Molenbeek during Report on Brussels Attacks
April 4, 2016 – Mirror UK
By Joshua Nevett
This is the dramatic moment a female TV reporter was attacked during a live broadcast in the terror-blighted Molenbeek area of Brussells.
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Being a Journalist in Veracruz Mexico is a Very Dangerous Profession
April 4, 2016 – NPR
By Carrie Kahn
Drug traffickers and a repressive state government make Veracruz one of the deadliest places for journalists in Mexico.
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Maldives Police Break up Media Protest; 19 Arrested
April 3, 2016 – ABC News
By Krishan Francis, Associated Press
Police in the Maldives used pepper spray to break up a protest by journalists and activists accusing the government of stifling press freedom, arresting and briefly detaining 19 of the journalists.
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