June 2016

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June 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.

Constant threats against journalists in Syria
June 29, 2016 – Reporters Without Borders
By Reporters Without Borders Staff
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is saddened by the news of Syrian citizen-cameraman Khaled El Issa’s death in a Turkish hospital from injuries sustained in a bomb attack in the northwestern city of Aleppo. RSF also condemns Islamic State’s filmed murders of five Syrian citizen-journalists in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor.
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RSF urges EU to press for release of its Turkey representative
June 29, 2016 – Reporters Without Borders
By Reporters Without Borders Staff
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the European Union to insist on respect for European democratic norms by the authorities in Turkey, where RSF representative Erol Önderoglu was placed in pre-trial detention a week ago.
To read the entire article, click here.
 
RSF urges concrete measures to protect journalists in Afghanistan
June 29, 2016 – Reporters Without Borders
By Reporters Without Borders Staff
After registering at least ten cases of violence against journalists and media outlets in Afghanistan since the start of June, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its concern about the dangers to journalists and reminds the Afghan authorities of their duty to protect the media.
To read the entire article, click here.

Director-General condemns killing of two journalists in Guatemala: Álvaro Alfredo Aceituno López and Diego Salomón Esteban Gaspar
June 29, 2016 – UNESCO
By UNESCOPRESS
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has urged investigations into the killing of two broadcast journalists in Guatemala: Álvaro Alfredo Aceituno López and Diego Salomón Esteban Gaspar.
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Egypt deports Liliane Daoud, British-Lebanese talkshow host
June 28, 2016 – BBC News
By Staff
Egyptian authorities have deported a popular British-Lebanese television talkshow host, Liliane Daoud. Ms Daoud, a former BBC journalist, was detained by plainclothes policemen at her home in Cairo on Monday and put on a plane to Beirut. The move came hours after her contract was terminated by privately-owned OnTV.
Her show, Al-Soura Al-Kamila (The Full Picture), controversially aired views critical of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi and his government.
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Afghan media groups decry rise in violence against journalists
June 28, 2016 – Reuters
By Mirwais Harooni
Kabul (Reuters) – Violence and intimidation against journalists in Afghanistan has spiked sharply this month, with much of it coming from government security forces, the main journalists’ right groups said on Tuesday.
In addition to the deaths of two journalists working for the U.S. National Public Radio, who were killed in the southern province of Helmand, numerous cases of beating and intimidation were reported to the Kabul Press Club and Afghan Independent Journalist Association (AIJA).
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TV station staff who produce satirical news shows arrested in Algeria
June 28, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff
New York, June 27, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the arrest of two senior staff at a privately owned television station in Algeria on June 24. Mahdi bin Issa, the manager of KBC, and Riyadh Hartouf, a producer, face charges of falsifying permits and complicity in abuse of position, and were ordered detained by a judge, according to reports.
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Veteran Guatemalan journalist and news radio host killed by armed men
June 28, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
By Teresa Mioli
Journalist Álvaro Aceituno López, 65, was killed near his home in Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango in southwest Guatemala on June 25. He is the fifth journalist killed in Guatemala in the first six months of 2016, according to the Center for Informative Reports about Guatemala (Cerigua).
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Sacramento Reporter Attacked During Violent Protest
June 27, 2016 – AdWeek
By Kevin Eck 
KCRA reporter Mike Luery and photographer John Breedlove were attacked while covering a protest involving nearly 150 anti-fascists and 30 white supremacists at the State Capitol.
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Director-General condemns murder of Mexican journalist Zamira Esther Bautista
June 27, 2016 – UNESCO
By UNESCOPRESS
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today called for an investigation into the killing of journalist Zamira Esther Bautista in Ciudad Victoria, capital of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. “I condemn the murder of Zamira Esther Bautista,” the Director-General said. “In the interest of the rule of law, and to make sure that crime is not allowed to silence the voice of independent media, I call on the authorities to investigate this case and bring its perpetrators to trial.”
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Isil murders five media activists for exposing Syria atrocities
June 26, 2016 – The Telegraph
By Zia Weise, Istanbul
Isil has executed five media activists in Syria’s eastern province of Deir Ezzor, warning that anyone who tries to document the group’s atrocities will never be safe from retribution. 
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Bolivian journalist asks the IACHR for protection from threats from government
June 24, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
By Paola Nalvarte
In the face of threats from government officials and shortly after Juan Ramón Quintana, the Minister of the Presidency of Bolivia, labeled her as part of a “cartel of lies,” journalist Amalia Pando requested protection for her journalistic work before the Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) through a precautionary measure, according to news agency EFE.
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Demonstration outside Istanbul prison holding RSF’s representative
June 24, 2016 – Reporters Without Borders
By Reporters Without Borders Staff
Many Turkish and international human rights groups took part in a demonstration outside Istanbul’s Metris prison today to demand the immediate release of RSF’s Turkey representative Erol Önderoglu, Human Rights Foundation of Turkey president Sebnem Korur Fincanci and the writer Ahmet Nesin, who have been detained since June 20, 2016.
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UNESCO publishes report on safety of Journalists in Kenya, based on the UNESCO Journalists' Safety Indicators
June 24, 2016 – UNESCO
By UNESCO Communication &  Information Sector
UNESCO has just published a study report titled: Supporting Safety of Journalists in Kenya: An assessment based on UNESCO’s Journalist Safety Indicators. The report documents the national state of journalist’s safety and the issue of impunity by providing an overview of the safety situation of journalists in Kenya.
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Journalist killed in Tamaulipas, Mexico is second journalist killed in that country in less than 24 hours
June 22, 2016 - Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
By Teresa Mioli
Less than 24 hours after the death of a journalist in Oaxaca, a reporter in Tamaulipas state has been killed by a group of armed men. She is the eighth journalist killed in Mexico this year. On the morning of June 20, journalist and teacher Zamira Esther Bautista, 44, was shot while in her car outside of her home in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas state in northeastern Mexico.
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Director-General urges investigation into murder of broadcast journalist Luka Popov in Serbia
June 22, 2016 – UNESCO
By UNESCOPRESS
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today denounced the killing of radio journalist Luka Popov in northern Serbia on 16 June. “I condemn the murder of Luka Popov,” the Director-General said. “I trust the authorities will be able to bring those responsible to justice. Crime must not be allowed to curtail journalists’ invaluable contribution to informed public debate.”
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Ban Ki-moon urges “quick release” of RSF’s Turkey representative
June 22, 2016 – Reporters Without Border
By Staff
Following a meeting with Reporters Without Borders (RSF) yesterday in New York City, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon expressed “great concern” about the detention of RSF Turkey representative Erol Önderoglu and the wish that Önderoglu would be “quickly released” by the Turkish authorities.
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When Journalists Are Killed, Prosecutions Are Rare
June 21, 2016 – New York Times
By Anjali Singhvi
At least 1,195 journalists have been killed because of their work since 1992, including several this month. Prosecutions
have occurred in fewer than 3 percent of those cases.
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UNESCO contributes to advancing digital security of journalists
June 20, 2016 – UNESCOPRESS
By Unesco Communication and Information Sector
Frank La Rue, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, participated in the side-event on Safety of Journalists that took place in the framework of the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council on 16 June in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Reporters Without Borders: Arrest of colleague in Turkey ‘unbelievable low’ for press freedom
June 20, 2016 – The Washington Post
By Erin Cunningham
ISTANBUL — Turkish authorities on Monday arrested the local representative for Reporters Without Borders, a global press freedom watchdog, in a move likely to draw further criticism of a government already under fire for its crackdown on dissent.
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Director-General deplores death of journalist Osama Jumaa in Syria
June 20, 2016 – UNESCOPRESS
By UNESCOPRESS
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today denounced the killing of journalist Osama Jumaa in the city of Aleppo on 5 June. “I condemn the killing of Osama Jumaa,” the Director-General said. “I call on all parties in the conflict to respect the Geneva Conventions on the civilian status of journalists and their right to exercise their profession.”
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Oaxaca Journalist Covering Teacher's Strike Shot Dead
June 20, 2016 – TeleSur
By TeleSur Staff
A journalist in Oaxaca was shot dead Sunday afternoon after covering the teacher’s blockade of a main highway.
Eligio Ramos Zarate, reporter at El Sur that went by the pseudonym Guillermo Parie, was shot in the neck by two motorcyclists who are still unidentified as he was photographing the holdup of a convenient store nearby.
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Syrian journalists critically injured in bomb attack on home
June 17, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff
New York, June 17, 2016 - Independent Syrian journalist Hadi Abdullah and cameraman Khaled Eissa were wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) that destroyed their house in the Syrian city of Aleppo late Thursday night, according to media reports. Eissa is reported to be in critical condition.
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Police find body of murdered US freelance journalist
June 17, 2016 – The Guardian
By Staff
Police in Texas are treating the death of freelance journalist Jay Torres as murder. His body was found in Garland, a suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth, on Monday (13 June). He had been killed by a single shot several days before, according to police
To read the entire article, click here. 

Serbia: RSF appalled by radio journalist’s murder
June 17,2016 – Reporters Without Borders
By Staff
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns local radio journalist Luka Popov’s murder yesterday in northern Serbia and calls on the authorities to do everything possible to identify the person or persons responsible and bring them to justice.
To read the entire article, click here.

Family Concern over Journalist Held without Charge in Bangladesh
June 14, 2016 – The Guardian
By Roy Greenslade
An elderly British-Bangladeshi journalist facing a potential death sentence has been denied bail by a Bangladesh court. Now his family fears for his health while under detention.
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Syrian Journalist in Turkey Survives Second Assassination Attempt [OPINION]
June 13, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff
The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the attempted assassination of Syrian journalist Ahmed Abd al-Qader in the southeastern Turkish town of Urfa. Sunday's attack on the journalist was the second in three months.
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Emotional Toll of Reporting on the Refugee Crisis Surprises News Organisations
June 12, 2016 – The Guardian
By Hannah Storm
The harrowing reports from the frontline of the refugee crisis, beamed on to our TVs and printed by newspapers, have had a strong emotional impact on many people safe at home. Yet the organisations covering the crisis have been surprised by the emotional toll it has taken on reporters trying to tell the story.
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Arrest Made after Telemundo Reporter Attached During Live Shot
June 11, 2016 – Philly.com
By Mari A. Schaefer
A Telemundo 62 news reporter was punched, slapped, and pulled to the ground this week while doing a live shot in front of City Hall.
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The Tragic Cost of Covering Afghanistan: Column [OPINION]
June 9, 2016 – USA Today
Alicia Shepard
NPR lost two journalists reporting on a largely forgotten war. Are the risks worth the story?
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BBC Reporter to Appeal Myanmar Jail Sentence
June 8, 2016 – CNN
By Han Htwe Aung and James Griffiths
A BBC reporter jailed for three months in Myanmar will appeal his sentence, his lawyer told CNN.
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Afghanistan President Condemns Killing of NPR Journalists in Ambush
June 6, 2016 – The Guardian
Associated Press in Kabul
The Afghan president has condemned the killing of David Gilkey, a veteran news photographer and video editor for National Public Radio, and the Afghan journalist Zabihullah Tamanna.
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NPR Photographer, Interpreter Killed in Afghanistan
June 5, 2016 – NPR
By Eyder Peralta
David Gilkey, an NPR photojournalist who chronicled pain and beauty in war and conflict, was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday along with NPR's Afghan interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna.
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Journalist Killed in Somalia; a Dangerous Country for Media
June 5, 2016 – ABC News
By ABDI Guled, Associated Press
Unidentified gunmen shot dead a female journalist in Somalia's capital Sunday, a radio producer at state-run Radio Mogadishu said.
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Media Groups Say Duterte’s Comments Risk Lives, Urge Boycott
June 2, 2016 – New York Times
By Associated Press
International media groups have joined the condemnation of Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's statement that many journalists have been killed in the country because they were corrupt and those who have done wrong are not exempt from assassination.
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President-elect of Philippines Says Most Murdered Journalists Deserved to Die
June 1, 2016 – Chicago Tribune
By Siobhan O’Grady, Foreign Policy
In 2003, Philippine radio commentator Jun Pala - an outspoken critic of Rodrigo Duterte, the then-mayor of Davao - was shot and killed by gunmen on a motorcycle in the southern island city.
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