December 2014

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December 2014 Articles

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.

Journalist Who Survived IS Prison Describes Psychological Abuse, Torture
Dec. 30, 2014 - Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
By Joanna Paraszczuk

A journalist who survived detention in an Islamic State (IS) prison in Syria has told RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq about the horrific torture and psychological abuse to which he was an eyewitness.
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John Cantlie: British Journalist ‘Writes Article’ in Latest Issue of ISIS’ Dabiq Magazine
Dec. 30, 2014 - The Independent UK
By Kashmira Gander

John Cantlie, the British journalist taken hostage by Isis, appears to have written an article in the extremist group’s magazine in which he promotes its new currency.
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CPJ: Broadcast Reporters Account for Majority of Journalists’ Deaths
Dec. 30, 2014 - Broadcasting and Cable
By John Eggerton

The Committee to Protect Journalists says that the last three years have been the most deadly for journalists and media workers since it has been tracking that statistic, with at least 60 journalists and 11 support staff members killed in 2014 while doing their jobs, with almost half of the journalists deaths coming in the Middle East.
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Protests Outside Egyptian Embassy in London Against Imprisonment of Journalists
Dec. 29, 2014 - The Guardian
By Press Association
A British al-Jazeera journalist has urged the Egyptian government to release three journalists imprisoned on terror charges.
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The Year of Living Far Too Dangerously
Dec. 29, 2014 - BBC News
By Lyse Doucet
There's an old thriller called The Year of Living Dangerously, set in Indonesia's civil war during the 1960s. It tells a suspenseful tale of an Australian journalist despatched to replace a colleague at a dangerous time.
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Congolese Journalist Killed in Goma, North Kivu
Dec. 29, 2014 - Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff
The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities to thoroughly investigate the murder of state radio reporter Robert Chamwami Shalubuto in the eastern capital Goma, North Kivu Province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday and bring those responsible to justice.
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Advocacy Groups in Mexico and Brazil Map Attacks on Journalists to Counteract Threats
Dec. 22, 2014 - Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
By Teresa Mioli
In Brazil and Mexico, ranked seventh and eleventh by the Committee to Protect Journalists as the countries with the highest levels of impunity in the murder of journalists, two advocacy groups are mapping these attacks in an effort to increase their security.
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Could a Journalist Rescue Fund Take Threatened Reporters Out of Harm’s Way? [OPINION]
Dec. 19, 2014 - NiemanLab
By Raju Narisetti
Over the past 22 years, 1,059 journalists have been killed. Worldwide, some 430 journalists are in exile from their home countries.
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Dangerous year for journalists as 2014 death toll reaches 60
Dec. 23, 2014 - The Guardian
By The Associated Press
At least 60 journalists around the world were killed in 2014 while on the job or because of their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.
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In Syria, fewer journalist deaths but danger has never been greater
Dec. 23, 2014 - Committee to Protect Journalists
By Jason Stern/CPJ Middle East and North Africa Research Associate

For the third year in a row, Syria ranks as the deadliest country in the world for the press, research by the Committee to Protect Journalists shows. At first glance, the research offers good news: less journalists were killed, imprisoned and kidnapped this year in Syria than in 2013. A deeper look at the numbers and how we arrived at them however, show Syria has never been more dangerous for journalists.
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The strange story of the ‘first Westerner’ to report from the Islamic State
Dec. 23, 2014 - The Washington Post
By Adam Taylor

Over the past few days, the remarkable story of Jürgen Todenhöfer, a German author who traveled to areas of Iraq and Syria held by the Islamic State, has captivated international media. Todenhöfer has received coverage from outlets such as CNN and the BBC, and he has been dubbed the "first western journalist to be given access to [Islamic State] areas in Syria in Iraq."
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Extremist killings made 2014 deadly for international journalists
Dec. 22, 2014 - Deutsche Welle
By Manasi Gopalakrishnan

The Committee to protect Journalists (CPJ) in its latest report said that a large proportion of international reporters died while reporting from conflict-ridden areas, particularly in the Middle East, Ukraine and Afghanistan.
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Journalist Fahmy warned Al Jazeera tactics could come back to 'bite' them
Dec. 22, 2014 - The Canadian Press
By Diana Mehta

An Egyptian-Canadian journalist who has spent the last year in a Cairo prison sounded the alarm about his network's approach to Egypt's precarious security situation months before he and his colleagues were arrested, documents obtained by The Canadian Press suggest.
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Journalist severely injured in Afghanistan suicide bombing dies
Dec. 22, 2014 - International Federation of Journalists
By Staff
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA) are saddened by the news that a journalist who was severely injured in a suicide bombing two weeks ago in Kabul, Afghanistan has died.
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IFJ Holds Three Days Safety Training for Journalists in Kurdistan Region of Iraq
Dec. 22, 2014 - International Federation of Journalists
By Staff

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its local affiliate the Kurdistan Journalists Syndicate are organizing a three day safety training for local journalists in the city of Shikhan of the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
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China Gets Even Colder for Reporters
Dec. 17, 2014 - The New York Times
By Andrew Jacobs

For foreign journalists in the Chinese capital, the end of the year brings the usual swirl of holiday parties, talk of escaping the bracing cold for the warmer climes of Southeast Asia and one inevitable question: Did you get your new visa yet?
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Rebels Kidnap Two Iraqi Kurdish Journalists in Northeastern Syria [OPINION]
Dec. 17, 2014 - Reporters Without Borders
By Staff

Reporters Without Borders condemns the abduction of two young Iraqi Kurdish journalists, reporter Farhad Hamo and photographer Massoud Aqeel, in a mainly Kurdish part of northeastern Syria on 15 December.
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China is World’s Worst Jailer of Press; Global Tally Second Worst on Record [REPORT]
Dec. 17, 2014 - Committee to Protect Journalists
By Shazdeh Omari
The Committee to Protect Journalists identified 220 journalists in jail around the world in 2014, an increase of nine from 2013.
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Honduran TV Station Owner and News Presenter Shot Dead
Dec. 17, 2014 - The Guardian
By Roy Greenslade

Reynaldo Paz Mayes, a Honduran television station owner and news presenter, was shot dead on Monday (15 December) while exercising in an outdoor sporting complex.
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220 Journalists are Now in Prison Across the World
Dec. 17, 2014 - The Guardian
By Roy Greenslade

More journalists are in jail across the world at present than a year ago. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 220 journalists are in prison, an increase of nine from 2013.
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2014: The Second-Worst Year for Journalists Jailed
Dec. 17, 2014 - Al Jazeera America
By D. Parvaz

There are at least 220 journalists imprisoned around the world, with 132 of them held on anti-state charges of terrorism or subversion, according to a report released Wednesday by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
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ACLU Files Suit on Behalf of Reporter Who Was Arrested in Ferguson
Dec. 16, 2014 - ACLU Missouri
By Staff

Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed a civil rights action against St. Louis County and police officer James Vollmer for violating the constitutional rights of Gerald “Trey” Yingst, a News2Share reporter and producer.
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Mission Journal: As South Sudan Conflict Continues Press Still Suffers [OPINION]
Dec. 16, 2014 - Committee to Protect Journalists
By Tom Rhodes

On December 15 last year, fighting that broke out between supporters of South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar--who had been vice president until Kiir fired the entire Cabinet--escalated into a civil war that has increased pressure on an already fragile independent press.
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The Perils of Reporting in Pakistan
Dec. 16, 2014 - Politco Magazine
By Mary Louise Kelly

Stay in the news business long enough, and you become hardened to brutality. But the reports from Pakistan overnight hit me hard on Tuesday morning.
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EU Says Turkey’s Arrest of Journalists Violates Values
Dec. 15, 2014 - Bloomberg News
By Selcuk Gokoluk

The European Union accused Turkey of violating press freedom by arresting dozens of journalists, as EU leaders prepare to discuss the country’s stalled membership bid.
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Turkish Journalists Detained in Police Raids
Dec. 15, 2014 - Al Jazeera
By Staff

Turkish police have raided media outlets linked to a US-based Muslim cleric and detained at least 23 people, including journalists and television producers, in a nationwide operation.
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Al Jazeera Journalist Dies in Crossfire Between Syrian Rebels and Government Forces
Dec. 11, 2014 - International Business Times
By Avaneesh Pandey

An Al Jazeera journalist was killed while covering clashes between Syrian rebels and pro-government forces near the town of Sheikh Miskeen in Daraa province, about 50 miles southwest of the capital city of Damascus, according to a statement released by the news organization on Thursday.
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ISIS Wants to Sell Corpse of Beheaded U.S. Journalist James Foley for $1M: Report
Dec. 11, 2014 - New York Daily News
By Ginger Adams Otis

Sick ISIS extremists have hit a new low — even by their own twisted standards. The terrorist group is reportedly trying to sell the remains of an executed Western journalist to raise money for their lost cause.
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Detention Taking ‘Devastating Toll’ on Post Reporter Locked Up in Iran
Dec. 10, 2014 - The Washington Post
By Joby Warrick and Carol Morello

The prison cell that has been Jason Rezaian’s home for most of the past 141 days has no mattress. He has slept on blankets on the hard floor and awakened each morning with back pain, for which he has received no treatment.
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Sudan a Dangerous Place for Journalists Who Cross State’s ‘Red Lines’
Dec. 10, 2014 - The Guardian
By David Smith

Media blackouts and detentions are common for reporters covering sensitive topics as dictated by Omar al-Bashir’s government but a new generation is determined to fight for press freedom.
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Missile Kills Three Syrian TV Journalists In Deraa Province
Dec. 10, 2014 - Reporters Without Borders
By Staff
Three Syrian journalists working for Orient TV were killed by a missile while covering fighting between government forces and rebels in the southern province of Deraa on 8 December.
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Chronicle Photographer Hit with Baton During Berkeley Protest
Dec. 9, 2014 - SFGate
By Henry K. Lee

A freelance photographer who was struck in the head by a police baton while working on assignment for The Chronicle was among members of the news media who reported being mistreated by police officers in Berkeley during a protest over the weekend.
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Arrested Azerbaijani Journalist Calls Charges “Dirty and Black” Tactics
Dec. 9, 2014 - Thomsen Reuters Foundation
By Kieran Guilbert

A prominent Azerbaijani journalist detained on charges of inciting a person to attempt suicide on Tuesday dismissed the accusations against her as "dirty and black" tactics as a social media campaign mounted calling for her release.
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Two Somali Journalists Killed and Three Injured in Twin Bombings
Dec. 8, 2014 - Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff

Two journalists were killed and three were wounded in a twin bombing in the south-central Somali town of Baidoa on December 5, which targeted a restaurant where journalists and officials frequently congregate.
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Does Arrest of Journalist During Atlanta Ferguson Rally Point to Bigger Problems?
Dec. 8, 2014 - WABE
By Jim Burress

Tyson Paul was one of two dozen people arrested during a demonstration in downtown Atlanta the night of Nov. 25.
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Changing the US Hostage Policy [OPINION]
Dec. 8, 2014 - Columbia Journalism Review
By Joel Simon

Journalists around the world are confronting a hostage-taking epidemic of record proportions, punctuated by the death Saturday of freelance journalist Luke Somers alongside South African teacher Pierre Korkie.
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What It’s Like to Almost Have Your Nose Cut Off by a TGI Fridays Mistletoe Drone
Dec. 8, 2014 - New York Magazine
By Jessica Roy

All was not merry and bright at the Sheepshead Bay TGI Fridays last Thursday evening, when a drone outfitted with mistletoe careened into a photojournalist's face, bloodying her nose and chin.
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Press Freedom Body Highlights Plight of Eritrea’s Jailed Journalists
Dec. 8, 2014 - The Guardian
By Roy Greenslade

Reporters Without Borders (RWB), the Paris-based press freedom watchdog, has launched a fund-raising campaign based around the plight of jailed journalists in Eritrea, China and Saudi Arabia.
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U.S. Protesters Demand Release of RFE Reporter Ismayilova
Dec. 8, 2014 - Radio Free Europe
By Staff

About a dozen protesters have demonstrated outside the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Washington, demanding that the government release Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journalist with RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service.
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Prominent Journalist Detained in Belarus
Dec. 8, 2014 - ABC News
By Staff

Belarusian police say a prominent journalist who has been missing for nearly two weeks is being held in jail.
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Washington Post Journalist Jason Rezaian Charged in Iran, Family Says
Dec. 7, 2014 - NBC News
By Cassandra Vinograd

A Washington Post reporter detained in Iran has been charged with "unknown crimes" by a Tehran judge, the journalist's family said in a statement on Sunday.
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2 Hostages Killed in Yemen as U.S. Rescue Effort Fails
Dec. 6, 2014 - The New York Times
By Kareen Fahim and Eric Schmitt

United States commandos stormed a village in southern Yemen early Saturday in an effort to free an American photojournalist held hostage by Al Qaeda, but the raid ended in tragedy, with the kidnappers killing the American and a South African held with him, United States officials said.
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‘Always Giving Us Hope’: Friends, Family Remember Murdered Hostage
Dec. 6, 2014 - NPR
By Nate Rott

American photojournalist Luke Somers, who was killed by al-Qaida militants in Yemen on Saturday, was described by those who knew him as passionate, inspiring and committed to the Yemeni people.
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Journalists’ Safety: Legislators Vow to Enact Law by March
Dec. 5, 2014 - The Express Tribune (Pakistan) with the International New York Times
By Staff

Federal Minister for Commerce and Trade Khurram Dastagir Khan said on Thursday that the government will support any bill tabled in the parliament that aims to protect journalists.
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Qaeda Group in Yemen Threatens to Kill American Journalist
Dec. 4, 2014 - The New York Times
By Steve Kenny

The affiliate of Al Qaeda in Yemen is threatening to kill an American journalist it is holding hostage by the end of the week unless its demands are met, according to a video posted Wednesday night on TouTube.
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San Francisco: Livestreamer Arrested at Ferguson Protest Pleads Not Guilty to Battery of Officer
Dec. 4, 2014 - San Jose Mercury News
By Staff

A citizen journalist who was arrested on suspicion of battering a police officer near San Francisco's Union Square during a Ferguson-related demonstration on Black Friday pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday and is being held on $75,000 bail.
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Iran Extends Imprisonment of Washington Post Reporter
Dec. 3, 2014 - The New York Times
By Rick Gladstone

The judicial authorities in Iran have extended by at least two months the detention of Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post’s Tehran correspondent, his brother said on Wednesday, confirming a report by Human Rights Watch.
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I’ve Been Imprisoned as a Pawn in a Larger Cold War [OPINION]
Dec. 3, 2014 - Globe and Mail
By Mohamed Fahmy

Mohamed Fahmy is a Canadian journalist who has been imprisoned in Egypt for a year, along with his Australian colleague Peter Greste; the two, both reporters with al-Jazeera’s English-language network, were sentenced by Egypt’s military regime to a seven-year prison sentence on terrorism charges in what is widely regarded as part of a crackdown on journalism.
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Remember Saïd Mekbel - and all the journalists murdered this year
Dec. 3, 2014 - The Guardian
By Roy Greenslade
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the murder of Algerian journalist Saïd Mekbel. He was shot while eating near his office in Algiers on 3 December 1994.
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UK Journalist Guilty of Querying Death Toll
Dec. 2, 2014 - BBC
By Staff

A court in Bangladesh has found a British man guilty of contempt for challenging the official death toll from the 1971 war of independence.
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Canadian Journalist Shot in Afghanistan Set to Receive Award
Dec. 2, 2014 - The Globe and Mail
By Tu Thanh Ha
She remembers her body jerking as the bullets struck her. She remembers thinking it was a bomb blast until she smelled the gunpowder.
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Unit to Monitor Journalists’ Safety Set up in Guatemala
Dec. 1, 2104 - TeleSUR
By Staff

The Guatemalan Human Rights Ombudsman announced the creation of a specific unit designed to improve protection for journalists, who are the subjects of many threats and abuses in the Central American country.
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West Virginia Reporter Shot at While Covering Shooting
Dec. 1, 2014 - New York Daily News
By Alejandro Alba

A news reporter from Charleston was interviewing a pregnant woman when someone fired several shots at him.
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Vietnam Arrests Anti-China Blogger for Posting ‘Bad Content’
Dec. 1, 2014 - Yahoo News
By Staff

Vietnamese police said they had arrested a blogger for posting "bad content" about the government, as part of a long-running crackdown on online dissent in the communist country.
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