August 2016

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August 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.

Watchdog Calls out India for Failing to Protect Journalists
Aug. 29, 2016 – Associated Press
By Ashok Sharma
India is failing to help and protect journalists who are facing violent threats or attacks for their work, an international watchdog agency said Monday, noting a pattern of resistance in investigating crimes targeting reporters. The Committee to Protect Journalists counted 27 journalists killed for their work since 1992, and noted that it was still investigating more than two dozen cases to determine whether those journalists' deaths were also work-related. Most at risk are small-town journalists investigating corruption, rather than journalists in big cities like New Delhi or Mumbai.
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The mysterious death of Akshay Singh
Aug. 29, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By Sumit Galhotra
“After his death, I am left alone with the responsibility of taking care of my family,” Pakshi Singh said during a phone call. Nearly a year after losing her brother, the investigative journalist Akshay Singh, she was still unable to speak. She told CPJ that she struggles to sleep, adding: “What more can I say? He was the greatest kind of human being.”
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In search of justice for Umesh Rajput
Aug. 29, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By Sumit Galhotra and Raksha Kumar
Parmeshwar Rajput walked exhausted into his lawyer’s office in Bilaspur, weighed down by a black bag filled with court documents, police records, and newspaper clippings about his brother’s death, after the six-hour train and motorbike journey he had taken from his village of Hirabatar so he could meet with CPJ. The 36-year-old is accustomed to frequently traveling with these files. They are his only hope that the killers of his brother, Umesh Rajput, will be brought to justice.
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Stop the press: Turkey's crackdown on its media goes into overdrive
Aug. 29, 2016 – The Guardian
By Constanze Letsch
Turkey has intensified its crackdown on the media since last month’s attempted coup, with rights groups decrying a wave of decrees that have turned the country into the world leader in locking up journalists. During Turkey’s current three-month state of emergency the government has the authority to rule by decree and has ordered the closure of 102 media outlets, including 45 newspapers, 16 TV channels, three news agencies, 23 radio stations, 15 magazines and 29 publishing houses.
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Zambia: RSF decries sudden closure of three broadcast media
Aug. 25, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the decision by Zambia’s Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) to suspend the licences of three privately-owned broadcast media – Muvi TV, Komboni Radio and Radio Itezhi Tezhi.
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Attacks continue against news media offices in Venezuela
Aug. 25, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas 
By Teresa Mioli
Two Venezuelan news outlets suffered attacks from armed men in the past three days. In Caracas, the offices of digital news site Crónica Uno, an initiative of freedom of expression organization Espacio Público, were targeted on Aug. 22.
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Director-General condemns murder of journalist João Miranda do Carmo in Brazil
Aug. 24, 2016 – UNESCOPRESS
By UNESCO
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has called for an investigation into the killing of online journalist and editor João Miranda do Carmo in the Brazilian state of Goiás. “I condemn the murder of João Miranda do Carmo,” said the Director-General. “I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice so as to protect journalists’ ability to continue contributing to informed public debate.”
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Mexican journalist wounded in mystery shooting by masked man
Aug. 24, 2016 – The Guardian
By Roy Greenslade
Mexican journalist Lucia López Castillo is in a serious condition after surviving a shooting outside her home Veracruz on Sunday (21 August). One of her kidneys had to be removed because of the damage caused by the bullet.
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IFJ condemns Israel's failure to release Palestinian journalist
Aug. 24, 2016 – The Guardian
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the three-month extension of the detention without trial of Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal. He had been due for release yesterday (22 August), but the Palestinian Prisoners Club, according to a report in The Times of Israel, said it had been informed by Nazzal’s lawyers that he would not be released as expected.
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Turkey-style pretext used to arrest critic in Azerbaijan
Aug. 24, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arrest of Faiq Amirov, the financial director of the leading opposition daily Azadlig, and calls for the withdrawal of the ludicrous charges brought against him.
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RSF urges Afghan authorities to protect journalists in war zones
Aug. 24, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is extremely concerned about the safety of hundreds of journalists and media outlets in a number of Afghan provinces as a result of an increase in attacks by the Taliban and Islamic State.
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Turkish Journalist Seeks Refugee Abroad Post Coup
Aug. 22, 2016 – Newsweek
By Alev Scott
In mid-August, while on a trip to Europe, one of Turkey's most celebrated journalists was advised by his lawyers not to return to his homeland. The source of the perceived threat: his own government. “The signs were very clear,” says the journalist, Can Dündar, who on August 16 resigned as editor of the independent newspaper Cumhuriyet. Dündar was sentenced in May to nearly six years in prison after being found guilty of revealing state secrets.
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Murder of Brazilian newspaper owner may have been motivated by news reports
Aug. 22, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas 
By Heloisa Aruth Sturm
Brazilian journalist Maurício Campos Rosa, owner of the newspaper O Grito, died on Aug. 17 after being shot five times. The murder occurred in the metropolitan region of Minas Gerais and is the fourth such case registered in the country this year.
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Turkish journalist fears government bid to link him to coup
Aug. 21, 2016 – Reuters
By Ayla Jean Yackley
ISTANBUL Leading Turkish journalist Can Dundar, sentenced to six years for publishing state secrets involving Ankara's Syria operations, says he is planning to stay abroad, fearing new charges intended to link him to an abortive military coup.
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Burundi : intelligence agency holds another journalist
Aug. 19, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) demands the immediate release of Gisa Steve Irakoze, a radio journalist who was abducted by members of the National Intelligence Agency (SNR) yesterday evening in Gatumba, a town 10 km west of the capital.
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Algeria: RSF asks authorities to protect journalists from cyber-violence
Aug. 19, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a smear campaign and death threats on social networks against the news website Algérie-Focus and its editor, Abdou Semmar, and calls on the Algerian authorities to protect them.
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Iraqi media technician and journalist killed in separate attacks
Aug. 18, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff
Media technician Ali Ghani was killed in an attack by mortar fire while reporting in Jaziret al-Khalideya, in Iraq's Anbar province on Saturday, August 20. Correspondent Hussein al-Fares was wounded in the same attack, according to Al-Ahad TV, which employed both men. Al-Ahad TV is affiliated with Asaib Ahl al-Haq, League of the Righteous, a Shiite militia currently fighting militants from the Islamic State group alongside government security forces.
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Nigerian military threatens journalist for not revealing sources
Aug. 18, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff
The Nigerian military should cease threatening freelance journalist Ahmad Salkida with prosecution for not acting as an informer, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The military has said the journalist could face terrorism charges if he does not provide it with information he gained in the course of his reporting on the militant group Boko Haram.
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After threats and harassment, Mexican journalist leaves the state of Veracruz
Aug. 17, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas 
By Silvia Higuera
Threats and abuse against Noé Zavaleta led the Mexican journalist to leave the state of Veracruz on Aug. 12, according to Aristegui Noticias. The news site said that the journalist decided to leave the state after filing complaints with the appropriate authorities and consulting with the directors of magazine Proceso, of which he is a correspondent in Veracruz.
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Turkish police close Kurdish daily, arrest more than 20 journalists
Aug. 17, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns yesterday’s closure of the Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem and the arrest of more than 20 journalists when police raided its Istanbul headquarters to enforce the closure.
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Ecuador sanctions journalist and media outlet for “media lynching” for publishing investigative report
Aug. 16, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas 
By Paola Nalvarte
For repeatedly questioning the purchase of medication by the Ecuadorian government, journalist Janet Hinostroza, and the broadcaster Teleamazonas in which she hosts an interview program, were sanctioned on Aug. 8 by the Superintendency of Information and Communication (Supercom) of Ecuador, according to Fundamedios, a freedom of expression organization.
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Kurdish reporter murdered, another killed while covering fighting
Aug. 16, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a Kurdish reporter’s brutal murder on 13 August in Dahuk, in the northeast of Iraqi Kurdistan, and a TV cameraman’s death the next day while covering fighting between Kurdish forces and Islamic State near Mosul.
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CPJ awardee resigns from editorship, will not return to Turkey under state of emergency
Aug. 15, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By Özgür Öğret/CPJ Turkey Representative
Can Dündar, a recipient of the Committee to Protect Journalists' 2016 International Press Freedom Awards, announced in his column today that he was resigning as editor of the opposition daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, and that he would not return to Turkey until the government lifts the state of emergency declared after a July 15 failed military coup. Dündar argued that the government is exploiting that failed coup to eliminate all its opponents and to redesign the judiciary for its own purposes. The editor, who wrote that he would continue contributing a column to Cumhuriyet, compared trusting such a judiciary to "laying your head on the guillotine."
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Hassles mount for journalists in Turkey after failed coup
Aug. 15, 2016 – Columbia Journalism Review
Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News reported last week that Beatriz Yubero, 26, a Spanish freelance reporter and doctoral student in media studies, had been deported from Turkey, allegedly for tweeting statements critical of Turkish president Encep Tayyip Erdogan. Yubero denies posting the statements—which don’t appear on her current social media feeds—and calls the deportation, which she’s hoping to reverse, a mix-up.
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Director-General denounces Balochistan terrorist attack that claimed many civilian lives including journalists Mehmood Khan and Shehzad Ahmed
Aug. 11, 2016 – UNESCOPRESS
By UNESCO
The Director-General of UNESCO today denounced the terrorist attack that killed at least 70 people in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province, including journalists Shehzad Ahmed and Mehmood Khan on 8 August. I condemn the killing of Mehmood Khan and Shehzad Ahmed,” the Director-General said. “There can be no justification for violence targeting civilians. The loss of these media professionals in the brutal terrorist attack in Quetta undermines citizens’ ability to sustain informed debate that is the bedrock of good governance and dialogue,” Ms Bokova added.
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Iranian journalist jailed for 'insulting the supreme leader'
Aug. 11, 2016 – The Guardian
A revolutionary court in Tehran has sentenced a prominent Iranian journalist, Issa Saharkhiz, to three years in jail for “insulting the supreme leader” and spreading propaganda against the state.
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Oman Closes Down Newspaper, Journalists Held: Amnesty International
Aug. 11, 2016 – Reuters
Omani authorities have closed down a privately owned newspaper after detaining three of its journalists over its reporting on alleged corruption within the judiciary, an international watchdog said on Wednesday.
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After two journalists killed in bombing, RSF urges Pakistan’s media to anticipate risks
Aug. 8, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Condemning today’s suicide bombing at a hospital in Quetta (in the southwestern province of Balochistan), which killed around 100 people including two local journalists, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities to carry out a thorough investigation and urges media outlets to anticipate the risks involved in news coverage in the entire region.
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Bangladesh: RSF condemns government blocking of 35 news sites
Aug. 8, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Bangladeshi authorities to rescind the blocking of 35 news websites that the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) implemented today without giving any official reason. RSF also calls for the withdrawal of all charges against Probir Sikdar, the editor of the Daily Bangla 71 newspaper and the U71news.com website, who is accused of defaming government officials on Facebook in August 2015.
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Special Rapporteurs tell Venezuelan government they are concerned with recent attacks against media in the country
Aug. 4, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas 
By Teresa Mioli
Special Rapporteurs at the UN and Inter-American Commission communicated their concerns about the deterioration of media freedom to the Venezuelan government in attempts to open a dialogue with authorities and improve the situation for journalists in the country.
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Reporters Without Borders leads international alliance in a campaign against the surveillance of foreign journalists by German Foreign Intelligence Agency BND
Aug. 3, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is today launching, jointly with an international alliance of human-rights organisations, journalists’ associations and media, a global campaign to protect foreign journalists from surveillance by the German Federal Intelligence Agency (Bundesnachrichtendienst –BND). The goal of the campaign is to include in the revised BND law a clause protecting journalists. The signatories of the appeal consider the global mass surveillance by the BND to be a violation of human rights and they regard the surveillance of foreign journalists in particular as a serious encroachment on press freedom worldwide.
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Omani journalist jailed over article on judiciary
Aug. 2, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
New York, August 2, 2016 - An Omani journalist has been jailed for nearly a week under investigation of multiple charges after the daily newspaper Azamn published an article questioning the independence of the judiciary, according to his outlet and human rights groups.
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Armenia: RSF calls for end to impunity for police violence against journalists
Aug. 2, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the violence used by police against journalists while dispersing a demonstration in Yerevan on the evening of 29 July. At least 12 journalists were injured. Plainclothes police armed with batons and steel bars hit three reporters with the Armenian service of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty who were clearly identified and who were filming the events. Reporters and cameramen with A1+, CivilNet, Arachin Lratvakan, Panorama.am, Lragir.am and the Russian TV channel Life were injured by smoke and stun grenades fired by the police.
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Photographer arrested while covering a protest in Libya
Aug. 2, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
Libyan authorities should immediately charge or release photographer and cameraman Saliem Alshebl, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Alshebl, who works for the Libya satellite channel, which is allied with the National Accord government, was arrested July 29 while covering an anti-government protest at Tripoli's Martyrs' Square, according to his employer and the Libyan Ministry of Interior.
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