January 2016

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January 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.

Report Counts some 2,300 Journalists Killed in Past 25 Years
Jan 31, 2016 – Chicago Tribune
By Tribune News Services
In the last quarter century, at least 2,297 journalists and media staff have been killed for doing nothing more than trying to inform the world on war, revolution, crime and corruption. And killers continue to act with impunity, the International Federation of Journalists announced in a new report.
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Ferguson Moves On, but Reporters Arrested there Still Being Prosecuted
Jan 30, 2016 – Huffington Post
By Christian Farias
Since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014, the city of Ferguson, Missouri, has tried to take steps toward reforming abusive law enforcement practices.
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TV Reporter Gunned Down in Eastern Afghanistan
Jan 30, 2016 – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
By Staff
Afghan officials say a TV journalist has been shot dead by unknown assailants in eastern Nangarhar Province.
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US Presidential Election a Rocky Road for Journalists [OPINION]
Jan 29, 2016 – Reporters Without Borders
By Staff
As the primaries for the 2016 presidential election are set to begin in Iowa on February 1, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) examines the front-runners’ harsh treatment of the media, with a spotlight on Republican candidate Donald Trump and his grudge-match with Fox News.
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French and British Journalists Released After Arrest in Burundi
Jan 29, 2016 – France 24
By Staff with AFP, Reuters
Two respected foreign journalists working in volatile Burundi were released safely Friday, 24 hours after police arrested them in a raid, colleagues said.
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OSCE Condemns Attack on Journalist by Belarusian Police
Jan 27, 2016 – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
By Staff
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has condemned an attack against a journalist that was carried out earlier this week by police in Belarus.
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21 Journalists Assaulted or Detained by Military Plice During Sao Paulo Demonstations in 2016, Group Says
Jan 26, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
By Giovana Sanchez
More journalists were injured by the military police during protests against increased transportation fares in São Paulo on Jan. 21. This is in addition to the assaults reported during the military police’s repression of demonstrations on Jan. 12 when at least nine media workers were wounded.
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Newspaper Correspondent and Radio Host Killed Within 24 Hours in Oaxaca, Mexico
Jan 25, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
By Teresa Mioli
Attention is on the Mexican state of Oaxaca after two media workers were killed there this past weekend.
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Mounting Dangers for Journalists in Yemen [OPINION]
Jan 25, 2016 – Reporters Without Borders
By Staff
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the growing dangers for media personnel in Yemen, where a second journalist has been killed in the space of a week as a result of the Saudi-led coalition’s air-strikes and an Al Jazeera reporter has been abducted together with his crew.
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Chinese Journalist Seeking Refuge in Thailand Disappears
Jan 25, 2016 – New York Times
By Chris Buckley and Thomas Fuller
A Chinese journalist who was traveling across Thailand on a frantic quest for political refuge messaged his wife recently to say that he would soon reach the border with Laos. Two weeks ago, the journalist, Li Xin, disappeared.
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Vice President Biden Admonishes Turkey over Media Crackdown
Jan 22, 2016 – Al Jazeera America
By Staff
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said during a trip to Turkey on Friday that by intimidating the media, curtailing Internet freedom and accusing academics of treason, the country was not setting a good example in the Middle East.
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Violence Against Journalists Increases in Brazil, but Report Says there’s Progress Against Impunity
Jan 21, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
By Giovana Sanchez
The number of cases of violence against journalists in Brazil increased in 2015, according to a recently released annual report from the National Federation of Journalists (Fenaj).
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The Fallen Journalists of Afghanistan
Jan 20, 2016 – The Atlantic
By Adam Chandler
A Taliban suicide bomber struck a van in central Kabul during rush hour Wednesday night, killing seven and wounding dozens of others. The majority of the dead and wounded were members of Tolo TV, an independent television station and one of two outlets the Taliban had previously threatened.
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Venezuelan Journalist and Government Press Officer Killed while Entering Home
Jan 20, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
By Teresa Mioli
Venezuelan authorities are working to determine the motive behind the killing of journalist and government press officer Ricardo Durán.
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Yemeni Journalist’s Death in Air Strike Deplored by UNESCO
Jan 20, 2016 – UN News Centre
By Staff
Deploring the death of Yemeni journalist Almigdad Mojalli, who was killed by shrapnel in an air strike in Sana’a, the capital, the United Nations agency responsible for defending media freedom today called on all sides in the strife-torn country to ensure the safety of all journalists.
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Freed Journalist Jason Rezaian Sought to Improve Iran’s Image in the World
Jan 16, 2016 – The Guardian
By Saeed Kamali Dehghan
For Jason Rezaian, the implementation of Iran’s historic nuclear agreement with the rest of the world has meant the end of his own isolation.
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Two Iraqi TV Journalists Shot Dead, the First of 2016
Jan 13, 2016 – The Guardian
By Roy Greenslade
Two Iraqi television journalists were shot dead on Tuesday while on a reporting trip to Baquba, capital of the Diyala province, with a senior security officer.
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The Death of Naji Jerf and the Battle Facing Syria’s Citizen Journalists
Jan 13, 2016 – BBC News
By Rengin Arsian
"He was reliable, generous and a great friend…" That is how Mohammad Mallak, editor-in-chief of Syrian magazine Saiedet Souria, describes his colleague Naji Jerf.
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KTLA Reporter Screams as Man Rushes at her on Live TV; He Made ‘Sexual Remark’ Police Say
Jan 12, 2016 – Los Angeles Times
By Matt Hamilton
A KTLA journalist's live report on the death of David Bowie from Hollywood's Walk of Fame was interrupted Monday night when a man abruptly came up to her and made a lewd remark, police said.
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News executives Push to Free Jason Rezaian, Reporter Held in Iran
Jan 9, 2016  New York Times
By Associated Press
Executives from 25 news organizations sent a letter on Friday to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to press Iran to release the jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian.
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Vice Journalist Released after 131 Days in Turkish Prison
Jan 5, 2016 – Huffington Post
By Judah Robinson
Vice News has confirmed that journalist Mohammed Rasool has been released on bail from a Turkish prison after 131 days behind bars.
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Egypt Detains Two Journalists, Sentences Another Already Detained [OPINION]
Jan 5, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff
Egyptian authorities should immediately release journalist Mahmoud al-Sakka, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
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Journalist Ruqia Hassan Murdered by ISIS after Writing on Life in Raqqa
Jan 5, 2015 – The Guardian
By Aisha Gani and Kareem Shaheen
Islamic State militants murdered a journalist who wrote about daily life in occupied Raqqa, having accused her of being a spy, activists have confirmed.
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One Year on from Charlie, RSF Publishes “Jihad Against Journalists”
Jan. 4, 2016 – Reporters Without Borders
By Staff
A year after the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in which eight journalists were killed, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is publishing Jihad against journalists, a report about the war that Islamist armed groups such as Islamic State (Daesh), Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram wage against media personnel.
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