February 2015

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February 2015 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.

American Blogger Avijit Roy Killed in Bangladesh; Wife also Injured in Cleaver Attack
Feb. 27, 2015 - Huffington Post
By Julhas Alam
A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday.
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Lives on the Line: How to Help Protect Freelancers in Dangerous Places [OPINION]
Feb. 26, 2015 - The Guardian
By Christine Bader
Since its 12 February launch, 39 news organizations and journalist advocacy groups – including the Associated Press, Reuters, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Mashable and the Guardian – have signed the Global Safety Principles and Practices, a new code of conduct aimed at better protecting freelancers on dangerous assignments.
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A First Step Toward Better Safety for Freelancers
Feb. 26, 2015 - PBS Media Shift
By Robert Mahoney
The murders of freelancers James Foley and Steven Sotloff last year put the news industry on the spot. What could news executives, press freedom groups and individual journalists do to improve safety?
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Marc and Debra Tice talk to Roxana Saberi
Feb. 26, 2015 - Al Jazeera America
By Staff

Parents of American journalist Austin Tice describe efforts to bring him home since he disappeared in 2012
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Russia, Ukraine Journalists Seek Penalties After Attacks
Feb. 25, 2015 - Voice of America
By Staff

Russian and Ukrainian journalist unions have called for penalties after recent attacks on media members in both countries.
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Murders, Threats and Duopoly: the State of Press Freedom in Mexico
Feb. 25, 2015 - The Guardian
By Luis Hernandez Navarro

On 2 January, journalist Moisés Sánchez was kidnapped by an armed group.
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Philippines Radio Journalist Shooting Prompts UN Call for Investigation
Feb. 24, 2015 - UN News Centre
By Staff

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has denounced the latest killing of a journalist in the Philippines and urged authorities to investigate the murder and “provide the media with as safe an environment as possible to ensure the public’s right to be kept informed.”
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Veteran Correspondents Urge Early-Career Journalists to Look Beyond Conflict
Feb. 24, 2015 - The Huffington Post
By Charles M. Sennott

Sebastian Junger offered a cautionary tale to aspiring journalists about the unprecedented peril of reporting in the field these days and the toll it has taken on a generation of correspondents.
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Politician’s Death Brings Somalia’s Violence Close to Home
Feb. 23, 2015 - The Wall Street Journal
By Abdalle Ahmed Mumin

The death of Abdishakur Mire, who quit journalism because of constant threats, suggests there are few safe places left in Somalia.
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Syria Releases Swedish Journalist, Interpreter Held for One Week
Feb. 22, 2015 - Voice of America
By Victoria Macchi and Zana Omer

Syrian authorities have released a Swedish journalist and an interpreter who were detained last week, in a deal the reporter tells VOA was brokered by Kurdish forces.
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French TV Reporter Hit by Huge Wave While Doing Live Broadcast
Feb. 20, 2015 - The Telegraph UK
By Staff

A dramatic video has emerged of a news reporter being hit by a huge wave in Saint-Malo, France.
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Journalists Under Threat as Violence Increases in Mexican Border State Tamaulipas
Feb. 20, 2015 - Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
By Mariana Munoz
An increase in organized crime-related violence has terrorized the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas over the past week.
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Burundians Celebrate as Journalist Bob Rugurika Freed
Feb. 19, 2015 - BBC News
By Staff

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Burundi's capital Bujumbura to celebrate the release of a prominent journalist controversially charged with the murder of three Italian nuns.
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Iraq: Journalists ‘Beaten Up’ by Government Officer’s Guards at Press Conference
Feb. 19, 2015 - International Business Times
By Gopi Chandra Kharel

Several journalists were reportedly beaten up by a senior official's guards at a press conference in Baghdad on Wednesday.
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News Organizations Join Campaign Seeking Return of Missing Houston Journalist
Feb. 18, 2015 - Houston Chronicle
By St. John Barned-Smith

Marc and Debra Tice have been careful with their words over the past two and a half years, since their oldest son, Austin, was kidnapped in August 2012 in Syria, where he was working as a freelance journalist.
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Radio Station Owner Gunned Down in Colombia [OPINION]
Feb. 18, 2015 - Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder on Saturday of a Colombian radio station owner and calls on authorities to identify the motive and ensure the perpetrators are held to account.
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Radio Journalist Shot Dead in the Philippines [OPINION]
Feb. 18, 2015 - Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff

The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Philippine authorities to investigate the murder on Saturday of radio journalist Maurito Lim and bring the assailant to justice.
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Two journalists Held in Mozambique while Investigating Poaching
Feb. 18, 2015 - Yahoo News
By Staff

Two journalists, a German and a Swede, were held briefly by police on Monday while investigating rhino poaching in southern Mozambique, one of them said Tuesday.
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Washington Post Journalist Held in Iran Unable to Meet with Lawyer, Brother Says
Feb. 18, 2015 - The Washington Post
By Staff

A lawyer chosen to represent a Washington Post correspondent detained in Iran has been unable to complete formalities to defend him, the reporter's brother said Wednesday as he appealed to the judiciary and the country's top leader to examine the case.
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Freed Al Jazeera Journalist: Jail Made me Stronger
Feb. 18, 2015 - The Washington Post
By Staff

Freed Al Jazeera English journalist, Baher Mohammed, released after over a year in Egyptian prisons, talks about his time in jail and how he hopes to help the journalism community.
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After Over a Year in Egyptian Prison, Freed Journalist Recalls his Nightmare
Feb. 14, 2015 - NPR
By Leila Fadel

Mohamed Fahmy, one of the Al-Jazeera journalists just freed from Egyptian custody, recounts what he calls the nightmare of the last 14 months and talks about what comes next.
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Journalists Face Increasing Danger as Press Freedoms Collapse Worldwide
Feb. 13, 2015 - Huffington Post
By Jackson Connor

Fueled by myriad wars and widespread political turmoil, 2014 saw a shocking number of journalists jailed, intimidated and murdered with impunity simply for doing their jobs.
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Al-Jazeera Journalists Leave Egyptian Prison on Bail
Feb. 13, 2015 - The Guardian
By Patrick Kingsley

A court in Egypt has freed two imprisoned al-Jazeera English journalists on bail, nearly a fortnight after their Australian colleague, Peter Greste, was deported.
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News Organizations Back Safety Guidelines for Freelance Journalists
Feb. 12, 2015 - Reuters
By Jennifer Saba

More than two dozen news organizations and advocacy groups have agreed to back international safety standards for freelancers in the wake of kidnappings and killings of journalists around the world.
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Arrested Turkish TV Chief Writes an Open Letter from his Jail Cell
Feb. 11, 2015 - The Guardian
By Roy Greenslade

Hidayet Karaca, an executive with a leading Turkish TV network, has been in prison since 14 December last year on charges of leading a terrorist group.
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Family of Journalist Missing in Syria Hoping to Spread Awareness
Feb. 11, 2015 - KTRK-TV
By Sonia Azad

Marc and Debra Tice haven't heard from their son Austin for 911 days. But they aren't giving up. They aren't slowing down. In fact, they are ramping up efforts to bring him home, and they are reaching out to people around the world.
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KTVU News Crew Attacked, Robbed in Hayward
Feb. 11, 2015 - SF Gate
By Henry K. Lee
A KTVU news crew was attacked and robbed of camera equipment early Tuesday in Hayward, authorities said.
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DA Erases Charges Against Reporter Arrested Covering Garner Protest
Feb. 10, 2015 - The Brooklyn Paper
By Nathan Tempey

Prosecutors have dropped the disorderly-conduct charges against The Brooklyn Paper’s reporter Noah Hurowitz stemming from his arrest while covering a police-brutality protest in Manhattan in December.
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Ukraine Arrests Journalists on Treason Charges for Calls to Boycott Mobilization
Feb. 10, 2015 - Global Voices
By Aric Toler

Ukrainian journalist Ruslan Kotsaba called for boycotting the latest wave of military mobilization in Ukraine—and now faces treason charges.
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Two Al-Jazeera Journalists to Face New Trial in Egypt
Feb. 9, 2015 - The Guardian
By Patrick Kingsley

Egyptian officials have announced unexpectedly that the colleagues of the freed Australian journalist Peter Greste will face a new trial on Thursday, dashing hopes that at least one of them would follow him to freedom sooner.
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Why Garcia Marquez’s Work to Improve Press Protection in Colombia is Still Vital [OPINION]
Feb. 9, 2015 - Committee to Protect Journalists
By Pedro Vaca

To coincide with Colombia's national day for journalists the Colombian organization Foundation for Freedom of the Press (FLIP) has published its annual report on press freedom conditions.
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ISIS Hostage John Cantlie in New Video in Aleppo, Syria
Feb. 9, 2015 - Newsweek
By Polly Mosendz

John Cantlie, a British reporter held hostage by the Islamic State (ISIS), appears in a new video released by the terrorist organization on Monday.
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Let’s Focus on Journalists Who Face Real Peril [OPINION]
Feb. 9, 2015 - Providence Journal
By Edward Fitzpatrick

Forget Brian Williams. Let’s take a moment to focus on an unheralded cameraman.
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Japan Confiscates Passport of Journalist Planning to Travel to Syria
Feb. 9, 2015 - CNN
By Jethro Mullen and Junko Ogura

After the deaths of two Japanese citizens at the hands of ISIS, Tokyo has stopped a journalist from traveling to Syria by confiscating his passport.
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Libyan Journalists Face Death, Attacks, Kidnapping and Intimidation
Feb. 9, 2015 - The Guardian
By Roy Greenslade

Armed groups in Libya have killed, attacked, kidnapped, intimidated and threatened Libyan journalists with impunity over the past two years, says Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a report released today.
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Threats to Colombian Journalists Continue Amid Peace Talks
Feb. 9, 2015 - Journalism in the Americas
By Teresa Mioli

Advocates are reporting that criminal gangs and paramilitary groups in Colombia, one of the most dangerous Latin American countries for journalists, have been issuing death threats for journalists and human rights defenders for the past two months.
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Twitter Abuse: Woman Journalists Get More Threats
Feb. 6, 2015 - BBC News
By Bethany Bell

A senior official from the European security body, the OSCE has warned of a growing number of online threats faced by women journalists.
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TV Journalist Killed in Honduras
Feb. 6, 2015 - Global Post
By Staff

A television journalist was fatally shot late Thursday in front of his home in Honduras, one of the world's deadliest countries for reporters.
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Japanese Journalist’s Murder by ISIS Highlights Growing Danger of War Reporting
Feb. 4, 2015 - Forbes
By Donald Kirk

The murder of journalists at the hands of ISIS forces shows how far a few daring correspondents will go to find out what’s going on.
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ISIS Captors ‘Didn’t Even Have the Quran’ Says Former Hostage
Feb. 4, 2015 - CNN International
By Mick Krever

A French journalist's ISIS captives cared so little about religion they did not even have a Quran, Didier François -- who spent over 10 months as the group's prisoner in Syria -- told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.
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Hundreds of Mexican Judges, Lawyers Take Online Course on Freedom of Expression Offered by UNESCO and Knight Center
Feb. 3, 2015 - Knight Center
By Staff

Nearly 1,000 Mexican judges, lawyers and other operators of justice participated in an online course on issues of freedom of expression and journalist safety offered by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas in association with UNESCO and in close cooperation with the UNESCO Office in Mexico.
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New Global Effort to Protect Journalists Takes Shape [OPINION]
Feb. 3, 2014 - The Huffington Post
By Chatles M. Sennott

There has never been a more perilous time for freedom of expression.
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Azerbaijani Journalist Gets Five-Year Jail Sentence for ‘Hooliganism’

Feb. 3, 2015 - The Guardian
By Roy Greenslade

A prominent journalist in Azerbaijan, Seymour Khazi, has been sentenced to five years in prison, reports the press freedom group, Reporters Without Borders (RWB).
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Mohamed Fahmy, Journalist Detained in Egypt, Could be Released within Hours
Feb. 3, 2015 - CBC News
By Staff

Egypt could free Canadian-Egyptian journalist Mohamed Fahmy within hours, Qatar-based news channel Al Jazeera English reported on Tuesday.
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UNESCO Chief Condemns Killing of Journalists in Mexico, Syria
Feb. 2, 2015 - UN News Centre
By Staff

The head of the United Nations agency mandated to defend press freedom today denounced the assassination of Moisés Sánchez Cerezo, a Mexican journalist recently found murdered weeks after his disappearance, and Kenji Goto, a Japanese freelancer killed by Islamist extremists in Syria.
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Dutch Journalist to be Tried in Turkey on ‘Terror Propaganda’ Charges
Feb. 2, 2015 - Reuters
By Ayla Jean Yackley and Jonny Hogg

A Turkish court will try Dutch journalist on charges she disseminated "terrorist propaganda", a move that is likely to deepen Western fears over press freedom in the NATO member state.
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Egypt Frees Australian Journalist but Leaves Many More in Jail
Feb. 2, 2015 - Time
By Jared Malsin

Egypt’s decision to release Australian journalist Peter Greste on Sunday was met with elation by his family and supporters but underscored the plight of thousands of Egyptians still jailed in an ongoing 19-month political clampdown.
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J-Schools Must Include Safety Courses in Curricula [OPINION]
Feb. 2, 2015 - Huffington Post
By Magda Abu-Fadil

Today's good news is Aljazeera's Peter Greste heading home after 400 days in an Egyptian jail. Yesterday's bad news was freelance journalist Kenji Goto's beheading by ISIS at some Middle Eastern desert location.
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Islamic State Says it has Beheaded Second Japanese Hostage Goto
Feb. 1, 2015 - Reuters
By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Nobuhiro Kubo

Islamic State militants said they had beheaded a second Japanese hostage, journalist Kenji Goto, prompting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to vow to step up humanitarian aid to the group's opponents in the Middle East and help bring his killers to justice.
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Japan: ‘We will never, never forgive’ ISIS for Apparent Beheading
Feb. 1, 2015 - CNN
By Holly Yan and Steve Almasy

He ventured to Syria to tell the stories of lives torn apart by war. But in doing so, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto suffered his own gruesome fate -- apparently becoming the latest foreigner to be decapitated by ISIS.
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Peter Greste: Al-Jazeera Journalist Freed by Egypt
Feb. 1, 2015 - BBC News
By Staff

Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has been freed and deported from Egypt and flown to Cyprus, bringing an end to 400 days behind bars.
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Hard-line Judge in Iran is Assigned Case of Jailed Post Reporter Jason Rezaian
Feb. 1, 2015 - The Washington Post
By Carol Morello

The family of Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter who has been detained in Iran for more than half a year, issued a statement Sunday that was sharply critical of the Iranian government, after what they called the “very disturbing” development that Rezaian and his wife will be tried by a judge known for imposing harsh sentences.
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