July 2016

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July 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.

Brazil journalist who reported threats murdered
July 26, 2016 – International Press Institute
A Brazilian journalist who reportedly had complained to police about threats was shot dead Sunday evening outside his home just west of the country’s capital Brasilia. João Miranda do Carmo was killed when four gunmen who had called him to the gate outside his home in Santo Antônio do Descoberto, in Brazil’s central Goiás state, opened fire, striking him at least six times before fleeing in a red car.
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Turkey issues warrants for 42 journalists in relation to failed coup
July 25, 2016 – The Guardian
By Staff
Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for 42 journalists as part of an inquiry into alleged plotters of the failed coup, drawing harsh criticism from human rights groups.
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Turkish coup probe turns sights on journalists
July 25, 2016 – BBC Turkish
By Rengin Arslan
Bulent Mumay found out he was on a list of 42 journalists facing arrest when a friend called him on Monday morning. A well-known reporter who was sacked from a long-standing job at the liberal Hurriyet newspaper last year, Mr Mumay says the news was a shock.
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Director-General calls for investigation into the murder of journalist Pedro Tamayo Rosas in Mexico
July 25, 2016 – UNESCOPRESS
By UNESCO
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today urged the authorities to investigate the killing of Pedro Tamayo Rosas in Tierra Blanca, in eastern Mexico on 20 July.
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Libya: RSF urges journalists to take great care after photographer killed in Syrte
July 22, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Appalled to learn that an Islamic State sniper killed news photographer Abdelkader Fassouk yesterday in Syrte, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges journalists to adopt the maximum safety precautions while covering the fighting in this extremely dangerous war zone.
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Director-General condemns murder of journalist Pavel Sheremet in Ukraine
July 22, 2016 – UNESCOPRESS
By UNESCO
Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, today denounced the killing of award-winning journalist Pavel Sheremet and urged the authorities to bring those responsible for the crime to justice.“I condemn the murder of Pavel Sheremet,” the Director-General said. “I call on the authorities to spare no effort in investigating this crime. In the interest of freedom of expression and freedom of information, it is important that those responsible for the killing of Pavel Sheremet be brought to justice.”
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RSF welcomes US Department of Defense revisions to Law of War Manual
July 21, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes the updated Law of War Manual released today by the United States Department of Defense (DOD). When the manual was originally published in June 2015, RSF called for revisions to the manual’s provisions on journalists. After consultations with RSF, other media defense organizations and journalists, the manual now better reflects the status and role of journalists under the law of war.
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EU commissioner: “Deeply concerned by detention of journalist & human rights advocate Orhan Kemal Cengiz and his lack of access to a lawyer”
July 21, 2016 – UN Watch
By UN Watch
UN chief Ban Ki-moon and human rights commissioner Zeid should do like the EU and urgently protest Turkey’s arrest today of prominent journalist and human rights defender Orhan Kemal Cengiz, which may constitute an illegal act of reprisal for his recent visit to the UN Human Rights Council to testify about human rights violations by the Turkish government, said UN Watch, a Geneva based non-governmental human rights group.
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Mexico: Another Journalist Killed in Veracruz State
July 21, 2016 – Associated Press
By The Associated Press
VERACRUZ, Mexico —Mexican authorities said Thursday a local journalist was shot to death outside his home in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz, the country's deadliest for reporters in recent years.
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RSF condemns Kashmir media blackout by Indian authorities
July 21, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns a media blackout imposed in Indian-held Kashmir, and the harassment of journalists by local authorities, since 8 July when a separatist military commander, Burhan Wani, was killed in the south of the region. The organization urges the Indian government to stop using security and law and order as pretexts for cracking down on the media.
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Director-General denounces killing of journalist Mustafa Cambaz in Turkey
July 18, 2016 – UNESCOPRESS
By UNESCO
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today condemned the killing of Turkish photojournalist Mustafa Cambaz in Istanbul on 15 July.
“I condemn the killing of Mustafa Cambaz,” the Director-General said. “Journalists play a crucial role in keeping us informed of events, which is particularly important in times of uncertainty. Their safety must be respected.”
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Abortive coup – Turkish journalists on the brink of the abyss
July 16, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the attacks against media outlets and journalists that took place during last night’s attempted military coup in Turkey. Soldiers stormed public broadcaster TRT’s studios in Istanbul and Ankara at around midnight, forcing presenter Tijen Karaş to read their communiqué and then interrupting programmes.
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In Turkey, one journalist killed, several newsrooms seized in attempted coup
July 16, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff
Istanbul - Turkish soldiers shot and killed one journalist and seized control of several newsrooms last night as factions of the Turkish military attempted to topple the government of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. A night of violence, which was most severe in Ankara, left hundreds of people dead and more than 1,400 injured, according to press reports, but did not immediately appear to have dislodged the government.
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Armed Men Kill South Sudan Journalist, Employer Says
July 13, 2016 – The New York Times
By The Associated Press
NAIROBI, Kenya — Armed men shot and killed a South Sudanese radio journalist during clashes in the country's capital, Juba, a media organization said Wednesday, and those who knew him said he was targeted because of his ethnicity.
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Authorities investigating new threat against Colombian journalists previously kidnapped by guerrilla group
July 13, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas 
By Heloisa Aruth Sturm and Teresa Mioli
Two Colombian reporters who were kidnapped by the National Liberation Army (ELN) in May have received threatening text messages supposedly signed by the ELN, according to a recent report from the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP).
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RSF deplores arrests of journalists during weekend #blacklivesmatter protests
July 12, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned by the arrests of at least 5 journalists while covering #blacklivesmatter protests in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Rochester, New York over the weekend.
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Peruvian journalists are criminally denounced by the government for allegedly revealing state secrets
July 7, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas 
By Paola Nalvarte
The news team of the Sunday newscast Panorama was criminally charged by the Peruvian Defense Minister Jakke Valakivi after publishing a official secret documents that allegedly show evidence of embezzlement of resources of the Army Intelligence Service. The journalists could face a sentence of up to 15 years in prison for the crime of treason.
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RSF hails acquittal of journalists in VatiLeaks 2 case
July 7, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hails today’s decision by a Vatican court to acquit Italian journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi andEmiliano Fittipaldi, who were being tried for publishing leaked confidential information in their books about Catholic Church financial mismanagement. RSF nonetheless points out that, under the right to freedom of expression, they should never have been prosecuted.
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RSF asks Bundestag to amend bill allowing spying on foreign journalists
July 7, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the German ruling coalition’s parliamentary groups to immediately amend a proposed law on the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Germany’s foreign intelligence service, in order to prevent the BND from spying on journalists.The bill empowering the BND to place foreign journalists under surveillance is to be debated in parliament tomorrow.
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RSF urges NATO to condition dialogue with Taliban
July 7, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
On the eve of a two-day NATO summit starting in Warsaw tomorrow, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges NATO’s members to do everything possible to protect journalists and media freedom in Afghanistan and to refuse to negotiate with the Taliban as long as they do not undertake to respect humanitarian law as defined in basic international treaties.
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RSF calls for release of two Chinese citizen journalists
July 7, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a growing crackdown on citizen journalism and calls for the release of two citizen journalists, Lu Yuyu and Li Tingyu, who were arrested on 15 June while investigating labor protests. They are accused of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.”
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RSF condemns violent attack on Buenos Aires daily
July 7, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) deplores the destructive attack that a group of about 20 people carried out on the headquarters of the Buenos Aires-based daily El Tiempo Argentino shortly after midnight on 4 July with the aim of expelling the journalists’ cooperative running the newspaper since April.
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Director-General condemns killing of journalist Salvador Olmos García in Mexico
July 7, 2016 – UNESCOPRESS
By UNESCO
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today denounced the killing of radio journalist Salvador Olmos García in the municipality of Huajuapan de León in the Mexican state of Oaxaca on Sunday, 26 June.
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Death toll for Latin American journalists stands at 24 in the first six months of 2016
July 7, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas 
By Heloisa Aruth Sturm and Teresa Mioli
Twenty-four journalists were killed or died under unclear circumstances in Latin America in the first six months of 2016. Eight of these deaths were recorded just in the month of June.
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Georgia journalist arrested over open records request related to court
July 6, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff
New York, July 6, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on prosecutors today to drop all charges against Mark Thomason, the publisher of local weekly newspaper Fannin Focus, in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Thomason, who was arrested June 24, faces felony charges including making a false statement in an open records request.
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Disastrous toll – 21 Latin American journalists killed in past six months
July 5, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to have to report that no fewer than 21 journalists were killed in the first six months of 2016 in Latin America, 14 of them in just two countries – Mexico and Guatemala.
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A Georgia judge had a journalist arrested for submitting an open-records request
July 3, 2016 – Vice News
By Tess Owen
The publisher of a small, weekly newspaper in Georgia has been indicted after he requested public records, prompting outrage from journalists' rights groups.
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Update: Brazilian Journalists suffer judicial harassment after publishing reports on salaries of judges and prosecutors
July 1, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas 
By Heloisa Aruth Sturm
The legal processes and hearings against the Brazilian newspaper Gazeta do Povo were temporarily suspended on June 30 by a judge of the Federal Supreme Court, Rosa Weber, according to O Estado de S. Paulo. In her decision, the judge said that the continuation of the actions results in financial and personal injury to members of the press.
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RSF urges Bahraini authorities to let journalist travel abroad
July 1, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) deplores the way the Bahraini authorities have stopped reporter Nazeeha Saeed from leaving the country twice in the past few days without giving any explanation and calls on them to allow her to travel.
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LIBYA - RSF asks Libya’s Government of National Accord to protect journalists
July 1, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns the latest acts of violence against journalists in Libya including freelance reporter Khaled Al Zantani’s murder by an Islamic State sniper on 23 June in Benghazi.
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