May 2016

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May 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.

Philippines: Journalist Alex Balcoba Murdered in Manila
May 31, 2016 – Democracy Now!
By Staff
In the Philippines, journalist Alex Balcoba was murdered in Manila Monday by two gunmen.
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Japanese Journalist: ‘Last Chance’ to Help Me
May 30, 2016 – CNN
By Euan McKirdy
A photo of a Japanese hostage in Syria holding up a sign which reads, "Please help me," and "This is the last chance," along with his name in Japanese has emerged about two months after he was last seen in what appeared to be a hostage video.
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Three Missing Journalists Freed by Colombia Rebel Group
May 27, 2016 – The Guardian
By Sibylla Brodzinsky
One Spanish journalist and two local correspondents missing in a lawless region of Colombia have been freed by the country’s second-largest rebel group.
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Another Possible Kidnapping of Journalists in Colombia; Catalina Botero Stresses Journalists Role in Dangerous Areas
May 24, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
By Silvia Higuera
The security situation for the Colombian press seems to be getting worse in the midst of peace negotiations between the government and rebel groups in the country.
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Journalists Call on Government for Thorough Investigation after another Colleague is Killed in Veracruz
May 16, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
By Teresa Mioli
Journalist Manuel Torres González, 45, was shot in the head from behind on May 14 after leaving state offices in the city of Poza Rica in northern Veracruz, as reported by Milenio, citing the Attorney General of Veracruz.
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Journalists Wear Kevlar in the Field—They also Need to Protect their Minds
May 16, 2016 – The Guardian
By Sian Williams
News feeds on tragedy. When others run from danger, we run towards it, keen to witness disaster first-hand, trying to interpret the inexplicable, asking those in grief or shock to articulate how it feels.
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Journalists Arrested in Ferguson Barred from Talking about Settlement
May 16, 2016 – Huffington Post
By Mariah Stewart
Four journalists have settled a lawsuit against the St. Louis County Police Department over their arrests in Ferguson, Missouri, during the unrest that followed Michael Brown’s death – but they won’t be allowed to talk about it.
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Two Indian Journalists Fatally Shot in 24 Hours [OPINION]
May 13, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff
The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on investigators in the neighboring Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand to act quickly to bring the killers of journalists Akhilesh Pratap and Rajdev Ranjan to justice.
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Outrage as Ukrainian With-Hunt Site Leaks Personal Info of ‘Terrorist-Collaborating’ Journalists
May 12, 2016 – RT
By Staff
Governments, NGOs and journalists across the globe have condemned a leak of personal data of more than 4,000 media staff, accused by pro-Kiev activists of “collaborating with terrorists” for their reporting from war-torn eastern Ukraine.
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Egyptian Court Recommends Death Penalty for Three Journalists [OPINION]
May 11, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff
The Committee to Protect Journalists today strongly condemned an Egyptian court's recommendation to sentence three journalists to death.
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In the Age of ISIS, is War Reporting Worth the Risk?
May 11, 2016 – Vogue
By Janine Di Giovanni
The message came via Facebook unexpectedly late on a recent Friday night when my son was safely asleep and my apartment in Paris was silent except for the whir of the dishwasher.
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Dutch Reporter Leaves Turkey after Arrest over ‘Insulting’ Tweets
May 11, 2016 – Deutsche Welle
By Darko Janjevic
Ebru Umar returned to Amsterdam after a Turkish judge ruled she could await the outcome of her case outside of Turkey, Dutch officials said on Wednesday.
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ISIS is Trying to Kill these Syrian Media Activists for Doing their Jobs
May 11, 2016 – The World Post (Huffington Post)
By Sophia Jones
Ahmed al Rumeh often walks alone. You won’t find him linked arm-in-arm with friends in the bustling streets of this Turkish border city, like other Syrian men his age. And there’s good reason for that: The gray-haired, outspoken writer from Damascus says he’s on the self-described Islamic State’s kill list.
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The Outspoken Pakistani Journalist Khurram Zaki has been Gunned Down in Karachi
May 9, 2016 – TIME
By Simon Lewis
Pakistani journalist and activist Khurram Zaki was gunned down on the streets of Karachi on Saturday night, in the latest sign that campaigners face severe risks for speaking out against extremism in the country.
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Spanish Journalists Freed after being Missing in Syria since July
May 7, 2016 – The Guardian
By Reuters in Madrid
Three Spanish freelance journalists who went missing in Syria last year and were believed to have been kidnapped have been released, the Spanish government has said.
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Egyptian Court Seeks Death Penalty Against Three Journalists
May 7, 2016 – The Guardian
By Reuters
An Egyptian court has recommended the death penalty for three journalists and three others charged with endangering national security by leaking state secrets to Qatar, in a ruling condemned by the Doha-based al-Jazeera channel as shocking.
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Turkish Journalist Shot at, then Sentenced to Prison
May 6, 2016 – Los Angeles Times
By Glen Johnson
Outside an Istanbul courthouse Friday, Can Dundar was waiting for his hearing to resume when a man with a pistol approached.
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Honduras: Journalist Survives 2 Attacks on Eve of Press Freedom Day
May 4, 2016 – Democracy Now!
By Staff
In Honduras, a prominent radio journalist has been shot four times, but survived.
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Two Journalists Arrested While Covering Ecological Disaster in Vietnam [OPINION]
May 4, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff
The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest of two journalists amid a wider crackdown on dissent in Vietnam.
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How Journalists Prepare for Conflict Both Abroad and Closer to Home
May 4, 2016 – WAMU American University Radio
By Armando Trull
About a dozen journalists and staffers from nongovernmental organizations are walking through a grassy pasture about half the size of a football field in Clarksburg, Maryland. Suddenly gunfire and explosions break the midday quiet — the women and men drop to the grass, hug the ground and cover their heads. The instructor, a British combat veteran, shouts instructions, telling the reporter-trainees to run when the shelling stops and drop again as they head to the tree line.
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World Press Freedom Day: Journalists Under Attack just for Doing Their Job
May 3, 2016 – Amnesty International
By Staff
On World Press Freedom Day on May 3, Amnesty International is shining a light on nine cases of journalists from across the globe who have been harassed, threatened, locked up and tortured in a brutal bid to muzzle free expression.
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Press Freedom Day: Journalists Keep Working Despite Threats
May 3, 2016 – New York Times
By Associated Press
For Abdiqadir Dulyar, simply reading messages sent to his phone can be chilling.
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Cowed by Cartels? Mexican Journalists Find Fresh Ways to get Info Out.
May 3, 2016 – Christian Science Monitor
By Whitney Eulich
Reporter AJ Espinoza, rarely publishes stories that touch on recurring corruption, gun battles, kidnappings, or cartel violence that roil his home state. At least, he doesn’t publish them in Mexico.
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Standing Up for Oppressed Journalists on World Press Freedom Day [OPINION]
May 3, 2016 – Huffington Post
By Margaret Huang
This year’s White House Correspondents Dinner included one notable new guest who was absent from the previous year’s proceedings.
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Report: 110 Journalists Killed in 2015
May 2, 2016 – Voice of America
By VOA News Staff
Press freedom in 2015 fell to its lowest point in 12 years, according to a new report on the issue.
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Interview: Scared. Silenced. Shot. The Life of a Somali Journalist.
May 2, 2016 – Human Rights Watch
By Stephanie Hancock
Journalists in Somalia are increasingly coming under attack.
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Israel to Hold Palestinian Journalist 4 Months Without Trial
May 2, 2016 – Fox News
By Associated Press
Israel's military on Monday ordered a well-known Palestinian journalist to be held for four months without charges or trial, in so-called administrative detention, his lawyer said, portraying the decision as an attempt to silence his outspoken client.
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It’s Getting More and More Dangerous to Criticize the Turkish Government
May 2, 2016 – Los Angeles Times
By Glen Johnson
Turkish journalist Erdem Gul was locked up in a high-security prison for 92 days, nearly half of those in solitary confinement.
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