October 2015

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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.

RSF Calls for the UN to Appoint a Special Representative for the Safety of Journalists
Oct. 29, 2015 – Reporters Without Borders
By Staff
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is launching a call to the UN to take concrete action by creating the position of a Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for the Safety of Journalists, as Nov. 2, 2015 will mark the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists’
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In Tunisia, Press Freedom Erodes Amid Security Fears
Oct. 27, 2015 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By Safa Ben Said
Hard-earned press freedom in Tunisia is under threat as journalists are squeezed between violent extremists and security services sensitive to criticism in the wake of deadly terror attacks.
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Egypt Arrests Three Journalists in Five Days, Whereabouts of Two Unknown [OPINION]
Oct. 26, 2015 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff
At least three journalists have been arrested in the past five days in Egypt, and the whereabouts of two of them are unknown, according to news reports.
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Los Angeles Journalist Stranded in Mexico During Hurricane Patricia Returns Home
Oct. 25, 2015 – NBC4 Southern California
By Melissa Etezadi
A Los Angeles journalist stuck in Puerto Vallarta at the onset of Hurricane Patrica was back safely in the U.S. Sunday.
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BuzzFeed Journalist Attacked by Far-Right Jewish Extremists in Paris
Oct. 23, 2015 – The Guardian
By Peter Allen
A leading French journalist working for BuzzFeed was attacked by far-right Jewish extremists as a mob tried to storm the offices of the country’s national news agency in Paris on Thursday.
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Threatening Email Orders Bangladeshi Media to Fire Women [OPINION]
Oct. 21, 2015 – Reporters Without Borders
By Staff
Reporters Without Borders condemns the threats against news media and bloggers contained in a email that was sent to a score of Bangladeshi print and broadcast media outlets on 19 October, and calls on the authorities to take concrete measures to protect all those targeted.
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RSF Condemns Croatian Police Violence Against Foreign Journalists [OPINION]
Oct. 21, 2015 – Reporters Without Borders
By Staff
An Agence France-Presse photographer and a Reuters cameraman were beaten up by Croatian police and their equipment was seized yesterday while they were covering the refugee crisis at the Serbian border.
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Vice Media Goes Dark in Support of Jailed Journalist Mohammed Rasool
Oct. 21, 2015 – Huffington Post
By Michael Calderone
Vice Media blacked out its worldwide network of digital channels Wednesday to shine a light on the imprisonment of journalist Mohammed Rasool.
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I Was Held in Iran for 13 Months: This is Why I Think Jason Rezaian May be Freed [OPINION]
Oct. 20, 2015 – Reuters
By Sarah Shourd
Everything that’s been happening to Jason Rezaian and his family over the past 15 months feels familiar. Jason Rezaian is a journalist. I’m also a journalist.
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Suspicion Surrounds Case of British Journalist Found Dead in Turkish Airport Bathroom
Oct. 20, 2015 – Time
By Nash Jenkins
A British journalist and activist was found dead in a bathroom at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport early Sunday morning in what the Turkish media has labeled a suicide, the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reports.
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RFI and AFP File Torture Complaint in Burundi [OPINION]
Oct. 20, 2015 – Reporters Without Borders
By Staff
Reporters Without Borders supports the initiative taken by Radio France Internationale and Agence France-Presse in an attempt to obtain justice for their Burundi correspondent, Esdras Ndikumana, who was beaten and tortured after being arrested in Bujumbura on 2 August.
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DW Reporter Jaafar Abdul Karin Attacked at PEGIDA Rally
Oct. 19, 2015 – Deutsche Welle
By Manasi Gopalakrishnan
DW journalist Jaafar Abdul Karim said he was disturbed and shocked by his experience while covering the PEGIDA's "anniversary" rally in Germany's eastern town, Dresden, on Monday.
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Iranian Lawmaker Accuses Jason Rezaian, Washington Post Reporter, of Sedition Plot
Oct. 19, 2015 – New York Times
By Rick Gladstone and Thomas Erdbrink
An influential Iranian lawmaker delivered inflammatory new accusations on Monday against Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post’s Tehran reporter convicted of espionage this month, asserting that he had plotted with seditionists.
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The Perils of Being a Reporter in Egypt Under Sisi
Oct. 19, 2015 – BBC News
By Wael Hussein
New legislation and a hardening attitude towards journalists make our daily work more difficult and dangerous.
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Taliban Threats to Afghan Journalists Show Shift in Tactics
Oct. 18, 2015 – New York Times
By Rod Nordland
Afghan journalists covering the fall of Kunduz this month had a litany of complaints: The military often blocked their access to the battle; top officials tried to get them to change reports that disputed official accounts; some, like staffers for Al Jazeera, were even expelled from the area.
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Palestinian Posing as Journalist Stabs, Wounds Israeli Soldier, Raising Media Safety Concerns
Oct. 16, 2015 – U.S. News and World Report
By Associated Press
The stabbing of an Israeli soldier by a Palestinian attacker posing as a journalist has heightened safety concerns among those covering the daily Israeli-Palestinian violence.
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India is Terrible at Punishing Attacks on Journalists. Here’s how Terrible
Oct. 15, 2015 – Global Post
By Nimisha Jaiswal
India’s media has a loud voice. It needs it — in the world’s largest democracy, you often have to shout to be heard.
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Burundi Cameraman, Family Shot Dead by Security Forces: Residents
Oct. 14, 2015 – Yahoo News
By Agence France Presse
A Burundian journalist, his wife and their two children were shot dead by security forces in a flashpoint district of the capital Bujumbura amid tensions following the re-election of President Pierre Nkurunziza, residents said Wednesday.
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Taliban Threaten Afghan TV Journalists with ‘Elimination’
Oct. 14, 2015 – The Guardian
By Roy Greenslade
A Taliban website has threatened to “eliminate” journalists working for two Afghan TV outlets, Tolo TV and 1TV, which it has designated as “military objectives.”
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Iran: Washington Post Reporter, Jason Rezaian, ‘Terribly Depressed’ by Conviction
Oct. 13, 2015 – New York Times
By Rick Gladstone
Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post’s Tehran correspondent, who has been found guilty of espionage in Iran after a secret trial, learned about his conviction by watching a state television broadcast in Evin Prison and is despondent about the case, his family reported Tuesday.
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The World Needs Investigative Journalism
Oct. 13, 2015 – Al Jazeera America
By David Cay Johnston
The three investigative reporters sitting in comfortable chairs in a large darkened meeting last week in Lillehammer, Norway, all seemed more than a bit on edge. But then they risk imprisonment, beatings and even murder for the crime of reporting facts that some governments and powerful corporations don't want anyone to know.
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Amid Report of Jason Rezaian’s Convictions, Iran Hints at Prisoner Exchange
Oct. 12, 2015 – New York Times
By Thomas Erdbrink
The Washington Post said on Monday that its correspondent Jason Rezaian, who has been jailed for 14 months in Iran on espionage charges, had been convicted after a trial that ended two months ago.
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Jason Rezaian Conviction: ‘Outrageous Injustice’ at Center of Iranian Power Struggle
Oct. 12, 2015 – The Guardian
By Saeed Kamali Dehghan
Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post journalist whose conviction on espionage charges was announced this weekend, has been detained longer than any other western journalist in Iran, possibly an unwitting pawn in a struggle between doves and hawks in the Islamic republic.
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Turkish Photojournalist Killed in Suicide Bomb Blast in Syria
Oct. 12, 2015 – The Guardian
By Roy Greenslade
A photojournalist who worked for Turkey’s Anadolu news agency was killed in a suicide car bomb attack by Isis in Syria on Thursday (8 October).
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Thailand to try US Journalist for Carrying Flak Jacket
Oct. 12, 2015 – Al Jazeera
By Associated Press/Agence France Presse
A Thai court has decided to put an American photojournalist on trial for possession of a bulletproof vest and a helmet, which are considered weapons in Thailand.
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Moroccan Government Cracks Down on Journalists and Activists
Oct. 11, 2015 – New York Times
By Aida Alami
As he sits in a jail cell with seven other inmates, Hicham Mansouri, an investigative journalist, worries about his colleagues on the outside.
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Female Technology Journalists Report Abuse is Still the Name of the Game
Oct. 11, 2015 – The Guardian
By Catherine Adams
A few months ago, I stared out of the window, wondering whether to change my name. I’d been advised I “might consider” doing so if I wanted to report on video gaming. It was hard to imagine a cacophony of hate in a silent house under the quiet shade of hundred-year-old chestnut trees.
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Freed Canadian Jazeera Journalist Leaves Egypt
Oct. 7, 2015 – Yahoo News
By Agence France Presse
Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian journalist with Al-Jazeera television freed from an Egyptian jail last month after a presidential pardon for broadcasting "false" news, announced Tuesday he was leaving the country.
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German Media Seek Protection After Anti-Islam Protest Assault
Oct. 6, 2015 – Yahoo News
By Agence France Presse
German media on Tuesday demanded police protection after journalists came under attack by anti-Islam protesters, saying those responsible for such assaults must be brought to justice.
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‘Look What You’ve Done’: An Open Letter to Vladimir Putin
Oct. 6, 2015 – The Guardian
By Staff/Oleg Kashin
Oleg Kashin’s open letter to president Vladimir Putin and prime minister Dmitry Medvedev is both a personalised cry of anguish about the failure to arrest the man he believes responsible for an attack that nearly killed him, and a searing indictment of the current Russian political system.
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Alabama Pol Arrested After Attacking Reporter Confronting him about Scandal
Oct. 6, 2015 – Mediaite
By Ken Meyer
A city commissioner in Alabama has been arrested and is facing third-degree assault charges after striking a local news reporter for asking questions about alleged voter fraud.
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Major TV Networks Sign onto Freelancer Safety Compact
Oct. 5, 2015 – Poynter
By Benjamin Mullin
Several of America’s major television news networks have joined a coalition of news organizations that have signed their names to a set of best practices for protecting freelance journalists who work for them.
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Arab-Israeli TV Journalist Goes Back On Air After Being Hit by Stun Grenade
Oct. 5, 2015 – The Guardian
By Dugald Baird
Tributes have been paid to the bravery of Arab-Israeli TV journalist Hanna Mahameed, who went on air shortly after being hit in the face by a stun grenade during a clash between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters in east Jerusalem.
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UP: Journalist Shot Dead in UP, Third Incident in Four Months
Oct. 5, 2015 – Times of India
By Staff
A 35-year-old man associated with a TV news channel was shot by two motorcycle-borne miscreants near Jamurkha Culvert under Dhina police station of Chandauli district on Saturday night.
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Prominent Turkish Journalist Beaten Up in ‘Organised, Planned Attack’
Oct. 1, 2015 – The Guardian
By Reuters in Ankara
A prominent Turkish journalist has been attacked outside his home, his newspaper has said, in the latest sign of deteriorating conditions for the media under the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
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