March 2016

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March 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.

Journalists and Social Leaders Receive Death Threats in Southwestern Colombia
March 30, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
By Teresa Mioli
Once more, Colombian authorities are investigating threats against journalists and social leaders distributed via pamphlets and signed with the name of a criminal group.
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Violence Against Journalists Increased in the Americas during 2015: Report by the Special Rapporteur of the IACHR
March 29, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
By Silvia Higuera
At least 27 journalists and other media workers were murdered in the Americas for reasons that could be tied to their work during 2015.
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Thai Government Drops Charges Against Journalist for Carrying Bulletproof Vest, Helmet
March 30, 2016 – NBC News
By Chris Fuchs
The Thai government has withdrawn charges against Hong Kong-based photojournalist Hok Chun Anthony Kwan, who was arrested in 2015 for bringing body armor into Thailand while on assignment, according to the Associated Press and one of Kwan's friends.
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Donald Trump’s Campaign Manager is Charged with Battery against Reporter
March 29, 2016 – Los Angeles Times
By Joseph Tanfani
Donald Trump’s campaign manager has been charged with battery after a reporter said he forcibly grabbed her following a news conference in Florida.
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Tribunal Releases Journalist Held 5 Days in a Prison for War Criminals
March 29, 2016 – New York Times
By Marlise Simons
The United Nations war crimes tribunal for Yugoslavia released a French journalist from its prison in The Hague on Tuesday amid a growing clamor for her freedom by Western news media and human rights activists from the Balkans.
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NPR Offers its Reporters ‘Trump Training’ to Handle Safety Threats
March 23, 2016 – Washington Post
By Paul Farhi
Donald Trump’s campaign events have apparently become such a minefield for reporters that one major news organization has taken the extraordinary step of offering its correspondents a version of training for dealing with real minefields.
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Dispatches—Media Freedom Under Threat in Kenya
March 23, 2016 – Human Rights Watch
By Otsieno Namwaya
It has been a tough year so far for the media in Kenya, with journalists and bloggers bearing the brunt of what seems to be a concerted government effort to silence the press.
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Human Rights Body Condemns Salvadoran Journalist’s Killing
March 22, 2016 – New York Times
By Associated Press
An arm of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is condemning the slaying of a radio journalist in El Salvador.
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Guatemalan Journalists Opt for Self-Censorship to Protect Themselves from Threats, According to a Recent IACHR Report
March 22, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
By Paola Nalvarte
In a report about human rights in Guatemala published on March 14, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expressed concern about attacks in recent months against journalists whose investigative work was related to corruption, public administration and human rights violations.
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Local Journalist Killed by Sniper Fire in Yemen’s Taiz
March 21, 2016 – ABC News
By Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press
Yemeni security officials say a local photojournalist was killed and three other reporters were wounded by sniper fire in the war-torn city of Taiz.
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A Missing Chinese Journalist was Arrested at Beijing Airport, his Lawyer Says
March 21, 2016 – TIME
By Nash Jenkins
A Chinese journalist who disappeared last week was in fact detained by law-enforcement authorities as he attempted to travel to Hong Kong from Beijing.
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International Declaration on the Protection of Journalists
March 20, 2016 – International Press Institute
By Staff
The International Press Institute (IPI), in cooperation with the Al Jazeera Media Network, the International News Safety Institute (INSI) and the Africa Media Initiative (AMI), is leading a global effort to promote a culture of safety within the media industry both by raising awareness among journalists about international standards in this area as well as by encouraging best practices in the newsroom for protecting journalists and media staff on dangerous assignments or working in hostile environments.
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British Journalist John Cantlie Appears in New ISIS Video
March 19, 2016 – The Guardian
By Tracy McVeigh
John Cantlie, the British journalist held hostage in Iraq, has appeared in a new video made by Islamic State and posted online.
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Officials Manhandle US Photographer as she Covers Goma Street Demonstration [OPINION]
March 18, 2016 – Reporters Without Borders
By Staff
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns US award-winning photojournalist Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi’s manhandling by members of the National Intelligence Agency (ANR) while she filmed a peaceful street demonstration in Goma, the capital of the eastern province of Nord-Kivu, on 15 March.
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Police Drop Charges Against CBS News Journalist Arrested after Chaotic Trump Event
March 17, 2016 – The Washington Post
By Mark Berman
Authorities in Illinois said Thursday that they were dropping charges against a CBS News journalist who was arrested last week while covering a Donald Trump event in Chicago.
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Japanese Journalist Missing in Syria Appears in Video
March 17, 2016 – CNN
By Euan McKirdy
A Japanese freelance journalist who has been missing in Syria since June 2015 has appeared in a video posted online Wednesday.
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Chinese Journalist ‘Disappears’ While Trying to Fly to Hong Kong
March 17, 2016 – The Guardian
By Tom Phillips
A Chinese journalist has reportedly disappeared while attempting to fly from Beijing to Hong Kong, stoking fears he has become the latest victim of a widening Communist party crackdown on dissent.
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Myanmar Journalist’s Home Targeted in Bomb Attack
March 16, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff
The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for an independent, high-level investigation into the bombing of a journalist's home in western Myanmar and for the perpetrators to be swiftly identified and brought to justice.
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Indian Journalists Report Rising Threats Under Modi
March 16, 2016 – Voice of America
By Associated Press
A newscast on whether India had become intolerant of dissent quickly spiraled into something darker after a guest on the program referred to a pamphlet that called the Hindu goddess Durga a sex worker.
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Australian Journalists Harassed and Threatened in Malaysia [OPINION]
March 14, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff
Authorities should immediately lift restrictions imposed on the freedom of movement of two Australian journalists in Malaysia and drop all legal threats against them, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
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Breitbart Journalists Resign in Protest After Alleged Assault by Trump Campaign Manager
March 14, 2016 – Yahoo Politics
By Dylan Stableford
Less than a week after she was allegedly assaulted by Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields has resigned from the conservative news site because she says her employer did not have her back in the days following the incident.
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Brazilian Radio Host Murdered as Station Previously had Asked to Leave Crime Beat
March 14, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
By Giovana Sanchez
Brazilian radio host João Valdecir de Borba, known as Valdão, was killed on March 10 while working in the studios of Rádio Difusora AM in São Jorge do Oeste, southwestern Paraná state.
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Eight Bullets Fired into the Car of Brazilian Journalist During Attack at his Home
March 14, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
By Paola Nalvarte
According to witnesses, two people on a motorcycle fired eight shots at a car parked in the garage of Brazilian journalist Kenedy Salomé Lenk in the early morning hours of March 10, reported newspaper O Globo. The journalist, his wife and daughter were asleep inside the house at the time.
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CBS News Journalist Detained as Chicago Trump Rally Turns Violent
March 12, 2016 – CBS News
By Staff
CBS News journalist Sopan Deb covered all of Friday night's protests at the University of Illinois against Donald Trump -- until he himself was detained.
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Journalists Must be Protected in Order to Combat Propaganda [OPINION]
March 11, 2016 – The Guardian
By Roy Greenslade/Cilla Benko
Two years ago today, a Swedish radio journalist was murdered in Afghanistan. Earlier this week, another Swedish radio reporter was injured during an attack on a group of journalists in Russia.
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Journalists and Activists Beaten and Bus Torched on Chechnya Tour
March 10, 2016 – The Guardian
By Shaun Walker
A minibus carrying journalists and human rights activists on a tour of Russia’s Northern Caucasus region has been attacked by a group of masked men as it approached Chechnya.
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Turkish Journalist Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison for Insulting Erdogan [OPINION]
March 9, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff
Turkish prosecutors should immediately drop all charges against newspaper editor Barış İnce, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
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Ethiopia Detains Journalists Covering Oromo Protests
March 7, 2016 – Newsweek
By Edmund Blair—Reuters
Two journalists and a translator were arbitrarily detained for 24 hours on Thursday when reporting on the protests in Oromia, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of East Africa (FCAEA) on Monday.
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Thailand Drops Case Against HK Journalist Over Flak Jacket
March 8, 2016 – ABC News
By Nattasuda Anusonadisal, Associated Press
The Thai government has dropped a case against a Hong Kong photojournalist who was arrested last year for possessing a bulletproof vest and a helmet, which are considered weapons in Thailand, two court officials said Tuesday.
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The Guardian View on the Turkish Crackdown on the Media: Unjustified and Undemocratic [OPINION]
March 6, 2016 – The Guardian
By Staff
Turkey is a country at the mercy of one man’s bad temper.
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Most Nations in Americas have Laws that can Suppress Journalism – Report
March 2, 2016 – Thomson Reuters Foundation
By Ellen Wulfhorst
All but one nation in the Americas have criminal defamation laws that can be used against journalists to suppress freedom of expression, according to a report released on Wednesday.
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Turkish Journalist Calls his Release from Jail a ‘Defeat’ for Erdogan
March 2, 2016 – Reuters
By Ayla Jean Yackley
The release of two prominent Turkish journalists following a ruling by Turkey's top court that their rights had been violated is a "clear defeat" for President Tayyip Erdogan, one of them said on Wednesday.
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An American Reporter Speaks Out about her Detention in Bahrain
March 1, 2016 – Public Radio International’s The World
By Shirin Jaafari
It might be hard to remember that the tiny island of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf was one of the places where the Arab Spring caught on.
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Computer Safety is Necessary for Journalist Safety [OPINION]
Feb 29, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff
This week, journalists, technologists, and other human rights advocates will gather in Valencia, Spain for the Internet Freedom Festival, a multidisciplinary "un-conference" dedicated to fighting surveillance and censorship online.
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A Journalist was just Manhandled and Detained at a Trump Rally
Feb 29, 2016 – Mother Jones
By Russ Choma
Videos posted on Twitter earlier this afternoon show a photographer for Time magazine being violently thrown to the ground by a member of Donald Trump's security team, possibly a US Secret Service agent.
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TIME Responds to Confrontation with Secret Service at Trump Event
Feb 29, 2016 – TIME
By Staff
The U.S. Secret Service and local law enforcement briefly detained a photographer on assignment for TIME at a Donald Trump rally at Radford University in Virginia Monday, following a scuffle that saw the photographer thrown to the ground in a choke hold.
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