November 2016

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November 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.

Foreign journalist and crew attacked and harassed in Beijing, China
Nov. 18, 2016 – International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists condemns the attack on a BBC journalist and crew in Beijing. The IFJ demands an immediate investigation into the attack.
On November 17, John Sudworth, a BBC journalist and his crew, were trying to interview an independent candidate for the upcoming elections in Beijing. When the crew arrived at the candidates house, they were immediately confronted by six men, who blocked the crews access to the house. Sudworth was eventually able to access the house and knocked on the front door. However when the candidate answered the door, the men pushed the door shut and stopped the candidate from speaking, or let the crew inside. The candidate then opened a window and tried to talk to Sudworth and the crew, however the men immediately blocked the window and forced it shut.
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UNESCO welcomes Report on Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity
Nov. 18, 2016 – UNESCO Communication & Information Sector
A Decision by the 39 Member States in the Council further expressed that they were “deeply disturbed by the increase of acts of violence against journalists, media workers and social media producers in many parts of the world, including in countries which are not considered as conflict areas.” The Report by the Director General records the names of 827 journalists killed over the past decade, and 213 during 2014 and 2015.
The IPDC Council Decision also expressed concern at the continued high rate of impunity for the killers, and noted “the signal that this sends that violence against journalists can go unpunished.”
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Sixth journalist killed in India as deadly year continues
Nov. 14, 2016 – International Federation of Journalists
Dharmendra Singh, 35, was shot dead on Saturday November 12. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliates the National Union of Journalists (India) (NUJ) and the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) in deploring the killing of yet another journalist in Bihar six months after the killing of Rajdeo Ranjan, senior journalist and bureau chief of the Hindi daily Hindustan in Siwan. The IFJ, NUJ (I) and IJU demand immediate and decisive action from the Indian authorities to end the culture of violence and impunity against journalists. Dharmendra Singh, 35, correspondent from Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar at Rohtas was shot on the morning of Saturday, November 12. Three unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants shot him in the stomach at point blank range while he was drinking tea at a tea stall near his home in Sasaram. His colleagues believe the incident may be linked to his reporting on illegal stone mining. Singh died on the way to hospital. He is survived by his wife and a son. His murder, even as the killing of Rajdeo Ranjan in May is being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), throws a spotlight on the abysmal law and order situation in Bihar.
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RSF deplores media crackdown in Turkey as Cumhuriyet chairman is arrested
Nov. 14, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the arrest today of Akın Atalay, board chairmanof the Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, at Istanbul airport on his return from Germany. His lawyer, Bahri Bayram Belen, told journalists: “We don’t know how long he will remain in police custody. It is possible he may be imprisoned (after they have finished questioning him) because we are witnessing a political operation against the newspaper, with no basis in law.” RSF editor-in-chief Virginie Dangles said: “This unprecedented wave of arrests of journalists and media workers based on absurd allegations cannot go on. The international community must do everything in its power to make the Turkish government understand that this headlong crackdown will not be without consequences.”
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UNESCO chief deplores killing of television journalist in Afghanistan
Nov. 8, 2016 – United Nations News Center
The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today spoke out against the murder of a broadcast journalist in Afghanistan's Helmand province on November 4. “I deplore the killing of Nematullah Zahir,” said Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in a statement. “It is essential that the authorities as well as media organizations in Afghanistan do all they can to improve the safety of media workers.”
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Charges dropped against filmmakers arrested while taping pipeline protest
Nov. 8, 2016 – Los Angeles Times
By Rick Anderson
Charges have been dropped against two filmmakers who were potentially facing decades in prison for recording an oil pipeline protest in Washington state, prosecutors said Monday. Producer Lindsey Grayzel and cameraman Carl Davis were arrested Oct. 11 near Burlington, Wash., while filming climate activist Ken Ward attempting to shut down the Trans Mountain pipeline that runs from Canada to the U.S.
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Zeta magazine reports alleged smear campaign against journalists by authorities in Baja California, Mexico
Nov. 8, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
By Silvia Higuera
Adela Navarro Bello, co-director of Mexican weekly Zeta, which is based in the state of Baja California, denounced an alleged plan by state authorities to carry out a smear campaign against her. In an editorial on Nov. 4, “Investigative journalism vs. smear campaigns,” Navarro Bello claimed to have received information from different people and by different means about this alleged smear campaign against her that was rumored to be led by the state governor, Francisco Vega de Lamadrid. She added that it was mentioned in some cases that the campaign included journalist Dora Elena Cortés Juarez of Agencia Fronteriza de Noticias (AFN).
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Syrian Journalists in Their Own Words
Nov. 3, 2016 – The Guardian
The human cost of Syria’s brutal and protracted civil war goes way beyond the number of reported casualties. Millions have fled in search of refuge and the residents of Aleppo in the north-west of the country have been living under siege, with Syrian and Russian airstrikes destroying their homes, hospitals and food supplies. Meanwhile journalists in the city – the people we rely on to be the eyes and ears on the frontlines of conflict – risk being kidnapped, tortured and murdered in the line of duty. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists Syria is the most dangerous place in the world to be a journalist. And while the number of journalist deaths have fallen since war broke out in 2011, it is not because attacks stopped but because there are fewer left to be killed.
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Journalist killed every 4.5 days, says UNESCO
Nov. 2, 2016 – GMA News
One journalist is killed every four-and-a-half days, according to a shocking report released by UNESCO on Wednesday.During the last decade, 827 journalists have been killed while on the job, the UNESCO director-general's report said.The worst hit areas were Arab States including Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya. Latin America is the next worst affected region, the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity report said.
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2016 already deadliest year for journalists in Afghanistan
Nov. 20, 2016 – Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan –  Media advocates say that 2016 has already proved the deadliest year for journalists in Afghanistan. Najib Sharifi, the head of the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee, said Wednesday that at least 11 journalists have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year, the highest annual death toll on record.
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