January 2015

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January 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.

Syria: The World’s Most Dangerous Place for Journalists
Jan. 31, 2015 - The Globe and Mail
By Anthony Feinstein

Western journalists working in Syria are more psychologically distressed than their colleagues who covered conflicts elsewhere.
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Japan ISIS Update: Jordan Will Save Hostages from Islamic State Militants, Japanese Officials Say
Jan. 29, 2015 - International Business Times
By Shuan Sim

Japanese officials said they were trusting Jordan to pull through and rescue both captured Japanese journalist Kenji Goto and Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh as a new hostage deadline approached.
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Journalists Targets While Covering Protests in Yemen
Jan. 28, 2015 - Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff

Several journalists have been attacked, detained, or their equipment seized in Sana'a in recent days, while at least one journalist has been reported missing, according to news reports and a local press freedom group.
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Afghanistan Arrests Militants Linked to Journalist Killing

Jan. 28, 2015 - ABC News
By Staff

Afghanistan has arrested two alleged militants from a Taliban splinter group that claimed responsibility for killing a Swedish journalist in Kabul, an official said Wednesday.
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Washington Post Journalist Detained in Iran for Six Months to Face Trial Soon
Jan. 28, 2015 - The Guardian
By Seed Kamali Dehghan and Lauren Gambino

The Washington Post’s correspondent in Tehran, who has been detained in Iran since July on unspecified charges, will be put on trial “soon”, a senior Iranian judiciary official has said.
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Kenji Goto: A Life in Service to Others
Jan. 28, 2015 - Deutsche Welle
By Gabriel Dominguez and Rebecca Staudenmaier
Kenji Goto traveled to Syria to help free a fellow Japanese national. But the journalist ended up being captured by "Islamic State" that now threatens to kill him. DW examines Goto's work and the impact of his abduction.
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Mexico Investigates Local Mayor After Journalist Murdered
Jan. 26, 2015 - Reuters
By Joanna Zuckerman Bernstein

Mexican prosecutors are investigating a small-town mayor in connection with the murder of a journalist in the Mexican Gulf coast state of Veracruz, whose brutalized body was found over the weekend, a state official said on Monday.
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Watch: Skidding Car Nearly Crashes into NBC Storm Reporter
Jan. 26, 2015 - Mediaite
By Matt Wilstein

With today’s potentially historic Winter storm comes the hoards of television reporters forced to stand out in the freezing snow to show viewers just how bad it is out there. But things almost turned tragic on Monday night when WNBC’s Stacey Bell was standing on the side of the road on Long Island and was nearly taken out by an out-of-control car.
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Journalist Who Reported on Argentine Prosecutor’s Death Flees to Israel
Jan. 26, 2015 - The New York Times
By Isabel Kershner

Damian Pachter, the journalist who broke the story of the recent death of an Argentine prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, has fled to Israel, saying he feared for his life in Argentina.
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Abducted Mexican Journalist Moises Sanchez Found Dead
Jan. 26, 2015 - BBC News
By Staff

Officials in Mexico say they have found the decapitated body of a journalist who had been missing for three weeks.
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Japan Using ‘Every Channel’ to get Hostage Freed
Jan. 25, 2015 - Bloomberg Businessweek
By Takashi Hirokawa and Isabel Reynolds

Japan is using “every channel available” to secure the release of Kenji Goto, a war journalist captured and threatened with death by Islamic State militants.
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Burundian Journalist Arrested After Reporting on Murder of Nuns
Jan. 22, 2015 - The Guardian
By Roy Greenslade

Prominent Burundian journalist Bob Rugurika was arrested days after his radio station broadcast a series of investigative reports into the murder of three Italian nuns, reports Human Rights Watch (HRW).
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Afghan Journalists Face Increasing Danger—Report
Jan. 21, 2015 - BBC News
By David Lyon

A local radio journalist, Aqil Mohammed Wiqar, was the first media casualty in 2015 in Afghanistan.
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Japanese Reporter’s Bid to Save Friend Led to Islamic State Abduction
Jan. 21, 2015 - Reuters
By Antoni Slodkowski

It is an unlikely friendship that ties the fates of war correspondent Kenji Goto and troubled loner Haruna Yukawa, the two Japanese hostages for which Islamic State militants demanded a $200 million ransom this week.
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John Kerry: Remarks at the Journalist Security Conference
Jan. 20, 2015 - U.D. Department of State
Transcription of speech by John Kerry

Well, thank you very much, Tom. Thanks for your outstanding service, your leadership, and your passion about this and all issues about human rights.
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Japanese Journalist Threatened with Death on ISIS Video
Jan. 20, 2015 - The Guardian
By Roy Greenslade

A journalist is one of two Japanese hostages who face being murdered by Islamic State (Isis) unless the organisation is paid a $200m ransom (£130m) by the Tokyo government.
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Macedonian Journalist Has Jail Sentence Suspended for One Month
Jan. 20, 2015 - Reuters
By Kole Casule

A Macedonian journalist jailed last week to a storm of criticism over media freedom had his two-year prison sentence suspended for one month on Tuesday on health grounds and pending a probation request, according to prison authorities.
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Podcast: Killings and Kidnappings
Jan. 19, 2015 - INSI
By Staff

Covering the unexpected is what news is all about. But what happens back in the newsroom if your journalist is kidnapped or killed while on assignment?
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BBC’s New Broadcasting House Not Safe from Terrorists, Says Veteran Journalist
Jan. 19, 2015 - The Telegraph
By Staff

A long-serving BBC journalist who broke the news of the Argentinian invasion of the Falklands has disclosed how the BBC HQ is not safe from terrorists.
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Parents of Kidnapped American Journalist Austin Tice Speak Out [VIDEO]
Jan. 19, 2015 - CBS News
By Staff

Parents of a U.S. freelance journalist who went missing in Syria share their concerns in an interview with CBSN Anchor Jeff Glor.
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Veteran Journalist Andrew Drummond to Leave Thailand Amid Safety Fears
Jan. 19, 2015 - The Sidney Morning Herald
By Lindsay Murdoch

A veteran journalist who has covered Thailand for 25 years for media outlets in the United Kingdom and Australia has quit the country, saying living in the Thai capital is no longer safe for his family.
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These Media Are Under Constant Threat
Jan. 16, 2015 - Reporters Without Borders
By Staff

Reporters Without Borders draws the international community’s attention to the constant danger to which many media throughout the world are constantly exposed and calls on governments to ensure that threatened media and journalists are protected.
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Charlie Hebdo Protests in Pakistan: Journalist Shot as Protesters Clash with Police
Jan. 16, 2015 - International Business Times
By Suman Varandani
An Agence France-Presse (AFP) journalist was shot Friday while covering protests in Karachi, Pakistan, over the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
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Detained Washington Post Journalist Indicted in Iran
Jan. 14, 2015 - The Wall Street Journal
By Felicia Schwartz and Jay Solomon

Iran’s judiciary indicted the Washington Post’s Tehran bureau chief, a step that could further complicate the Obama administration’s efforts to forge a nuclear accord with the Iranian government.
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Questions Remain as Search for Missing Mexican Journalist Continues
Jan. 12, 2015 - Knight Center Journalism in the Americas
By Teresa Mioli

The mayor of Medellín de Bravo in eastern Mexico is scheduled to appear before the Public Ministry of Veracruz today to answer questions related to the Jan. 2 kidnapping of a local journalist who remains missing.
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With New Round of Journalist Detentions, Prosecutions, Iran Continues to Silence Press
Jan. 9, 2015 - Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff

A new wave of arrests and prosecutions has been carried out by Iranian authorities in the past month, cementing the country's status as one of the world's leading jailers of journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
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Parents of Kidnapped U.S. Journalist Austin Tice on Their Struggle to Free Son from Syria Captivity
Jan. 14, 2015 - Democracy Now!
By Staff

It has been nearly two-and-a-half years since American journalist Austin Tice disappeared while covering the war in Syria.
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Russian Journalist Attacked, Severely Beaten
Jan. 14, 2015 - Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
By Staff

Two unknown men have severely beaten a local journalist in Russia's southwestern city of Saratov.
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Web Extra: Bob Gammon on Journalist Safety
Jan. 13, 2015 - KALW
By Ben Trefny

In this web exclusive segment, Gammon shares his thoughts about the threats journalists face in the Bay Area and elsewhere in the world.
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Lacey Journalist’s Constitutional Rights Were Violated
Jan. 13, 2015 - Asbury Park Press
By Erik Larsen and Seph Solis

A freelance photographer arrested after he refused to surrender his camera to a law enforcement officer was denied his federal constitutional rights and other legal protections as a working journalist under New Jersey law, according to First Amendment lawyers.
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“The Other Charlies”: In Wake of Charlie Hebdo, Spotlight Grows on Press Freedom Attacks Worldwide
Jan. 13, 2015 - Democracy Now!
By Staff

Two days after millions marched in France to honor the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack, Reporters Without Borders is urging the international community to protect press freedom across the globe.
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Long Line of Unresolved Attacks Scars Serbian Journalism
Jan. 12, 2015 - Index on Censorship
By Ilcho Cvetanoski

Around 1 am on Thursday 3 July 2014, Davor Pasalic, editor of Serbian news agency FoNet, was brutally assaulted as he made his way home from the office.
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International Journalism: After a Year of Arrests and Attacks, Who Would Do It?
Jan. 13, 2015 - The Guardian
By Sally Brammall

In Istanbul 23-year-old media studies student Kaja* is disillusioned and no wonder.
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I Am Not Charlie Hebdo [OPINION]
Jan. 13, 2015 - The Huffington Post
By Sarah Munir

But does that make me less valuable as an organisation? As a journalist? As a human life? The answer to all of the above is a distasteful yes.
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Firebombing at German Paper that ran Charlie Hebdo Cartoons
Jan. 11, 2015 - Yahoo News
By Deborah Cole

A German tabloid that paid tribute to those killed at Charlie Hebdo by reprinting cartoons from the French satirical paper mocking the Prophet Mohammed was firebombed Sunday, police said.
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Charges Against Washington Post Reporter Remain a Mystery
Jan. 11, 2015 - The Washington Post
By Missy Ryan

Five weeks after being charged in a Tehran court, Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post journalist imprisoned in Iran, still does not know the exact nature of the allegations against him and remains unable to speak to a lawyer, the reporter’s family said after visiting him twice last month.
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The Charlie Hebdo Attack is an Extreme Example of the Violence Journalists Face [OPINION]
Jan. 9, 2015 - The Guardian
By Andrew Heslop

They are alarming statistics. 61 dead. 70 dead. 74 dead. 47 dead. 44 dead. 74 dead. These figures represent the number of journalists who have died each year from 2009 through 2014.
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Lacey Photographer Refuses to Turn Over Camera, Gets Arrested
Jan. 12, 2015 - Asbury Park Press
By Erik Larsen

A freelance journalist for a local online news site was arrested Thursday while covering a motor vehicle crash, after he refused to turn over his camera to a detective from the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.
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RWB Condemns Presence of “Predators” in Paris March, Calls for Solidarity with “All Charlies” [OPINION]
Jan. 11, 2015 - Reporters Without Borders
By Staff

Reporters Without Borders welcomes the participation of many foreign leaders in today’s march in Paris in homage to the victims of last week’s terror attacks and in defence of the French republic’s values, but is outraged by the presence of officials from countries that restrict freedom of information.
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Let’s Talk About the Other Dead Journalists [OPINION]
Jan. 10, 2015 - Al Jazeera America
By Rafia Zakaria

The grisly killing of 10 journalists and two police officers at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Jan. 7 was met with global indignation.
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Je Suis Charlie: the journalists killed in the line of duty in the last 12 months
Jan. 10, 2015 - The Telegraph
By Staff

There was a global outpouring of horror at the brutal killings in Paris, in which 12 people - including nine Charlie Hebdo journalists - were left dead.
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Charlie Hebdo Killings Highlight the Increasing Targeting of Journalists
Jan. 8, 2015 - The Washington Post
By Paul Farhi

Perhaps the most unusual thing about the slayings of 10 journalists in Paris on Wednesday was that they occurred in Paris.
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A Colorado Journalist was Hospitalized with Frostbite. Here’s How You Can Stay Safe in the Cold.
Jan. 8, 2015 - Poynter
By Al Tompkins

With another cold blast coming through, here is a story and some tips for reporting those cold-weather stories.
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Media Condemn Charlie Hebdo Attach as an Assault on Freedom of Expression
Jan. 8, 2015 - The Guardian
By Anne Penketh and Tania Branigan

French newspapers have united in condemning the killing of journalists at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo as an unacceptable assault on freedom of expression.
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Journalists Who Choose Collaboration Over Scoops [OPINION]
Jan. 8, 2015 - Al Jazeera America
By Danny Glenwright

2014 was a bad year for journalists. 2015 is looking even worse.
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Journalist Shot Dead in Bataan
Jan. 8, 2015 - Manila Standard Today
By Florante S. Solmerin and Joyce Pangco Panares

Two men on a motorcycle shot and killed a correspondent of the Abante tabloid while she was waiting for a ride to the office a block away from her house in Balanga, Bataan, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said Thursday.
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Paris Terror Attack: Huge Manhunt Under Way After Gunmen Kill 12
Jan. 7, 2015 - The Guardian
By Kim Willsher and Jon Henley

A huge manhunt is under way in Paris for three masked and hooded men armed with a Kalashnikov and a shotgun who stormed the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people – including two policemen – before escaping in a car.
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Journalists Race to Show Solidarity with ‘Charlie Hebdo’ After Terror Attack
Jan. 7, 2015 - CNN Money
By Tom Kludt

The attack on a satirical newspaper in Paris that left at least 12 people dead has prompted an immediate show of solidarity in the global media community.
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Top UN Officials Condemn Deadly Attach on French Magazine, ‘Charlie Hebdo’
Jan. 7, 2015 - UN News Centre
By Staff

Senior United Nations officials have condemned the attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that took place in Paris today, which news reports indicate killed 10 media workers and two police officers.
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Paris Attacks Part of Battle That’s Killed Hundreds of Reporters
Jan. 7, 2015 - Bloomberg
By Oliver Staley

The attack on journalists in Paris today isn’t an isolated incident but part of a broader attempt to muzzle the press. At least 158 reporters and photographers have been killed while doing their jobs since 2011, the worst three-year period on record.
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Yemeni Reporter Killed – The First Journalistic Fatality of 2015
Jan. 7, 2015 - The Guardian
By Roy Greenslade

Khalid Mohammed al Washali, a correspondent with the Yemeni TV channel Al-Masirah, is believed to be the first journalist killed in 2015.
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Journalists Detained for Reporting on Possible Ebola Case in Somalia
Jan. 7, 2015 - The Huffington Post
By Catherine Taibi

Three journalists were detained by Somali police on Saturday for reporting on a potential case of Ebola within Somalia.
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Journalists Harassed, Deatined in Latest Chapter of Nicaragua Canal Saga
Jan. 7, 2015 - The Tico Times
By Lindsay Fendt and AFP

Canal protesters aren’t the only ones clashing with police in Nicaragua. As the Nicaraguan government and Chinese company Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co. (HKND) move forward with the construction of a $50 billion, 300-kilometer interoceanic canal, journalists covering what has been promised as the world’s largest civil engineering project have been harassed, detained and even robbed by police.
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Three Police Detained in Mexican Reporter’s Disappearance
Jan. 6, 2015 - Yahoo News
By Rodrigo Soberanes
Authorities in the southern Mexico state of Veracruz arrested three municipal police officers early Monday as suspects in Friday's disappearance of a local reporter.
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Turkey Detains Dutch Journalist on ‘Terror’ Charges
Jan. 6, 2014 - Reuters
By Ayla Jean Yackley, Seyhmus Cakan and Thomas Escritt
Turkish police detained a Dutch reporter on terrorism charges on Tuesday, highlighting accusations of media persecution on a day President Tayyip Erdogan declared that Turkish journalists enjoyed more freedom than any in Europe.
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Al Jazeera Journalists Are Not Egypt’s Enemies [OPINION]
Jan. 6, 2015 - The New York Times
By Mohamed Fadel Fahmy
Together with two colleagues from the cable news channel Al Jazeera English, I have spent more than a year in jail.
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Somali Security Forces Arrest Five Journalists in Two Days
Jan. 5, 2015 - Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff
Somali security forces arrested five journalists in two separate cases over the weekend in the capital, Mogadishu, according to news reports. Three of them are still being held.
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Mexicans Ask, ‘Where is #MoisesSanchez?’ After Journalist’s Disappearance
Jan. 5, 2014 - Al Jazeera
By Staff

A Mexican journalist was reportedly kidnapped from his home in the state of Veracruz. Local media said photojournalist Moises Sanchez Cerezo was abducted with his computer, camera and phone on Jan. 2. 
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James Risen, in Tense Testimony, Refuses to Offer Clues on Sources
Jan. 5, 2015 - The New York Times
By Matt Apuzzo

James Risen, a reporter for The New York Times, took the witness stand in federal court on Monday and refused to answer any questions that could help the Justice Department home in on his confidential sources.
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John Cantlie Narrates Latest ISIS Propaganda Video From Mosul
Jan. 4, 2015 - The Huffington Post
By Staff

The Islamic State has released its eighth propaganda video featuring British journalist John Cantlie, who has been held hostage by the extremist group since 2012.
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Journalist Among Four Killed in Yemen Qaeda Attack
Jan. 4, 2015 - Yahoo News
By Staff

A bomb explosion in a mainly Shiite Yemeni city on Sunday killed at least four people including a reporter and wounded 25 others, officials said as Al-Qaeda claimed the attack.
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Enemies of the Truth: the 2014 Attacks on Journalists [OPINION]
Jan. 2, 2015 - SFGate
By John Diaz

The beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State produced the most horrifying viral video of 2014.
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Egypt Court Orders Retrial for Peter Greste and al-Jazeera Colleagues
Jan. 1, 2015 - The Guardian
By Patrick Kingsley

Three al-Jazeera English journalists jailed in Egypt have been sent for retrial after a New Year’s Day appeal hearing in Cairo, dashing their families’ hopes of a release on bail, but opening the door for two of the trio to be deported.
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The Journalists Who Died Doing Their Jobs in 2014
Jan. 1, 2015 - Newsweek
By Staff

The year 2014 was one of contradictions, with stories only brought to life because of those journalists willing to go where the stories were.
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This Single Tweet Got a Turkish Journalist Detained
Dec. 30, 2014 - The Washington Post
By Adam Taylor

The detention of journalists is not exceptional in Turkey: The Committee to Protect Journalists says the country was the world's worst jailer of journalists in 2012 and 2013, and among the 10 worst this year. However, reports of the detention of Turkish journalist Sedef Kabas on Tuesday suggest a remarkably low bar for arrest: a single tweet.
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