November 2014

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November 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.

‘Just trying to do our jobs’: Ruptly Journalist Arrested for Covering Ferguson Unrest
Nov. 26, 2014 - RT
By Staff

A producer from RT’s Ruptly video agency was detained in Ferguson simply for reporting on the protests.
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Reporter Tweets About Being Attacked at Gunpoint at Michael Brown Memorial

Nov. 25, 2014 - KMOV
By Staff

A national photographer says he was robbed at gunpoint and attacked at the Canfield Memorial for Michael Brown Jr., according to Marcus DiPaola’s Twitter account.
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Vietnamese Journalist Brutally Beaten by Policemen in Ambush
Nov. 25, 2014 - Radio Free Asia
By Staff

A freelance journalist in authoritarian Vietnam has narrowly escaped death after being beaten unconscious by eight policemen near Ho Chi Minh City, an international media watchdog and his wife said on Tuesday.
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WATCH: Ferguson Protester Smashes Fox News Camera on Live TV
Nov. 25, 2014 - Talking Points Memo
By Catherine Thompson

A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask smashed a Fox News camera during a live broadcast Monday night from Ferguson, Mo.
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CNN Reporter Hit with Rock in Head During Ferguson Live Shot
Nov. 25, 2014 - CBS St. Louis
By Staff

Chaos returned to the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown — a decision that enraged protesters who set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in the area where the unarmed, black 18-year-old was fatally shot.
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Oakland Protests Over Ferguson Decision Cause Havoc
Nov. 25, 2014 - Huffington Post
By Michael McLaughlin
Protesters angered by the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, disrupted Oakland on Monday in a slow-moving wave of unrest that halted traffic on freeways and impeded city streets in many directions.
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UNESCO Chief Denounces Murder of Somali Radio Journalist
Nov. 25, 2014 - UN News Centre
By Staff

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has deplored the murder of Abdirisak Ali Abdi, a journalist killed in the town of Galkayo, Somalia, and called for a thorough investigation into the crime.
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Another 14 Journalists Injured in Protests Over 43 Missing Students
Nov. 25, 2014 - Reporters Without Borders
By Staff

Journalists continue to be attacked during protests about the disappearance of 43 trainee teachers in the southwestern state of Guerrero.
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Pakistan Center to Help Traumatize Journalists, but Stigma Attached
Nov. 25, 2014 - Reuters
By Katherine Houreld and Jibran Ahmad

Death threats, bombings and getting attacked is part of the job for many Pakistani journalists but they say one of the biggest barriers to seeking counseling to help cope is the stigma that they need it - and others in the business talking about it.
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Fox Reporter Steve Harrigan Attacked by Masked Man in Ferguson: ‘Worse than the Camera Showed Last Night’
Nov. 25, 2014 - The Wrap
By Jordan Chariton

“I was afraid, and I gotta tell you I feel terrible,” Harrigan tells The Wrap in an interview from on the ground in Ferguson.
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Heading Back to Ferguson? Know your Rights
Nov. 24, 2014 - Poynter
By Kristen Hare

This August in Ferguson, Missouri, there was a lot of confusion between police officers about rules and rights about the press, said Tony Rothert, legal director, ACLU of Missouri “and it became very arbitrary where people where told they could and couldn’t be.”
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Don Lemon Teargassed in Ferguson: “We Could Barely Move”
Nov. 24, 2014 - The Hollywood Reporter
By Aaron Couch

Don Lemon and part of his CNN crew were teargassed on air while covering the mounting protests in Ferguson, Mo.
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Chris Hayes Ducks Sound of Gunfire in Ferguson [VIDEO]
Nov. 24, 2014 - MSNBC
By Staff

Chris Hayes and his guest Pastor Michael McBride have to move away from their shooting location in Ferguson after the sounds of gunfire filled the area.
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L.A. Times Reporter Injured While Covering Protests in South St. Louis
Nov. 23, 2014 - KMOV
By Adam McDonald

L.A Times Reporter Matt Pearce was injured during protests in south St. Louis Sunday night.
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Journalist Trey Yingst Arrested During Ferguson, Mo., Protests
Nov. 23, 2014 - Los Angeles Times
By Kurtis Lee

A journalist’s arrest during a protest near the Ferguson, Mo., police headquarters early Sunday drew renewed attention to disputes over 1st Amendment rights in the wake of a white police officer's killing of an unarmed black man.
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Philippines Blacklists Nine Hong King Journalists for Heckling Aquino
Nov. 22, 2014 - Reuters
By Manuel Mogato and Clarence Fernandez

The Philippines has barred entry to nine Hong Kong television and radio journalists, saying they heckled President Benigno Aquino during a meeting of the APEC grouping last year and presented a threat to public safety.
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Asia: Journalists Killed, Jailed and Otherwise Intimidated with Governments Complicit
Nov. 22, 2014 - Forbes
By Jon Springer

The United Nations made November 2 of this year the first annual International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (#EndImpunity on Twitter).
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Africa’s Best Journalists: Risking their Lives
Nov. 21, 2014 - CNN World
By Daisy Carrington

Joseph Mathenge hadn't planned to be at Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya in September 2013, when gunmen -- now associated with Islamist terror group Al Shabaab -- infiltrated the shopping center and started shooting en masse in a blitz that resulted in 67 deaths.
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Journalist Killed in Somalia, Third This Year Says Union
Nov. 19, 2014 - Reuters
Reporting by Abdiqani Hassan in Bossasso and Abdi Sheikh in Mogadishu; Writing by Edmund Blair ; Editing by Jeremy Laurence

Gunmen shot dead a journalist in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, the third killed in Somalia this year, a colleague and the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said.
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Goldberg Paints Dire Picture of Middle East journalism
Nov. 19, 2014 - The Harvard Crimson
By Samuel E. Liu

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has broken the previously “unwritten rule” that terror organizations generally refrain from killing foreign journalists, journalist Jeffrey Goldberg argued Tuesday in a talk at the Kennedy School of Government.
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Deadly Reporting [OPINION]
Nov. 18, 2014 - The Huffington Post
By Michael Moller

The work of a journalist is not only about reporting facts; it is about empowering societies so that they can make better decisions.
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Once Tolerated, Westerners Are Now Targeted By Radical Islamists
Nov. 18, 2014 - Parallels/NPR
By Greg Myre

The Islamic State isn't the first Middle East extremist group to make a gruesome spectacle of kidnapping and killing Westerners.
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Freelance War Photographers: On Their Own in Danger Zones
Nov. 18, 2014 - American Journalism Review
By Jackie Spinner

Photojournalist Ahmed Deeb was anxious to get inside the Syrian city of Kobani earlier this month.
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How Facebook’s Tor Hidden Service Protects Journalists
Nov. 18, 2014 - PBS Idea Lab
By Tom Lowenthal

Facebook announced on October 31 that it has made it easier and safer for users to gain access to its social network by using a dedicated Tor hidden service at https://facebookcorewwwi.onion. A dedicated hidden service access point is a powerful move to protect journalists and anyone else who uses Tor to protect privacy or circumvent censorship.
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Journalists Covering Clashes at Rampal’s Ashram Attacked by Haryana Police
Nov. 18, 2014 - The Times of India
By Staff

Mediapersons covering the stand-off and clash between security forces and followers of controversial sect leader Rampal were injured on Tuesday as police carried out an unprovoked attack on journalists.
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This American Reporter Survived a Botched Kidnapping in Yemen
Nov. 17, 2014 - PRI’s The World
Produced by Stephen Snyder

Gregory Johnsen, a journalist and scholar focused on Yemen, has been travelling to the country for over a decade. But it was only on his latest trip earlier this year that he faced the threat now hangs over correspondents across the Middle East: kidnapping.
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Reporters Without Borders Demands Justice for Beaten Colombian Journalist
Nov. 17, 2014 - The Huffington Post
By Jackson Connor

Oscar Castaño Valencia, a Colombian journalist, was beaten and threatened last week for investigating gang involvement in child prostitution, Reporters Without Borders reported on Friday.
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Popular Bangladeshi Bloggers Continue to Face Challenges
Nov. 17, 2014 - Voice of America
By Idrees Ali

On his two TV programs, host Nurul Islam Faruqi would regularly speak out against Islamist militancy and groups. But he was silenced on the night of Aug. 27 when he was brutally murdered inside his house in Dhaka.
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Gang Attack Colombian Journalist who was Investigating Child Prostitution
Nov. 17, 2014 - The Guardian
By Roy Greenslade

Colombian journalist Oscar Castaño Valencia was beaten and forced to sign a fake confession by armed men while he was investigating the involvement of criminal gangs in child prostitution.
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Before the Beheadings
Nov. 16, 2014 - The Atlantic
By Jeffery Goldberg

In the spring of 2000, I lived for a month in a Taliban madrasa, a religious seminary, located on the Grand Trunk Road outside of Peshawar, in Pakistan
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New Turkey, Old Rules [OPINION]
Nov. 16, 2014 - The Huffington Post
By Alparslan Akkus

It is not a secret that the Turkish government suppresses the media, but the tools they invent to punish the free press are pushing boundaries.
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I Was Arrested for Chatting in a Cairo Café [OPINION]
Nov. 15, 2014 - Al Jazeera
By Alain Gresh

Prominent French journalist Alain Gresh was detained by Egyptian police on November 11 after leaving a cafe in an upscale Cairo neighbourhood. Here, he gives us an account of what actually happened.
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Mohamed Fahmy, Canadian Imprisoned in Egypt, ‘Very Emotional’ After Hearing New Law
Nov. 15, 2014 - Huffington Post Canada
By Diana Mehta

Mohamed Fahmy grew "very emotional" when he learned that Egypt's president now has the power to deport foreigners convicted or accused of crimes, his family said about the move that may hold the key to the Egyptian-Canadian journalist's freedom.
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Sierra Leone Frees Journalist Detained Over Ebola Criticism
Nov. 15, 2014 - Reuters
Reporting by Umaru Fofana; Writing by David Lewis; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall

Authorities in Sierra Leone have freed a journalist arrested 11 days ago for making supposedly disparaging comments about the country's effort to fight Ebola.
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Obama Urges Asia Free Press, Defends US Approach
Nov. 14, 2014 - ABC News
By Josh Lederman

President Barack Obama pressed for greater freedoms Friday for reporters in Myanmar and China while defending the balance he said the U.S. seeks to strike at home.
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Journalists Increasingly Exposed to Violence at Protests in France
Nov. 14, 2014 - Reporters Without Borders
By Staff

Violence against journalists is becoming more and more common at all kinds of demonstrations in France, including the “Manif pour Tous” protests against same-sex marriage and the recent protests against the proposed Sivens Dam in the southern department of Tarn.
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CNN Reporter Hit with Teargas While Covering Violent Protests in Mexico
Nov. 13, 2014 - Huffington Post
By Jackson Connor

Rafael Romo, CNN's Senior Latin American Affairs Editor, was hit with tear gas while reporting on violent protests in Chilpancingo, Mexico, this past week.
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How Iran Jails Journalists and Human Rights Lawyers
Nov. 13, 2014 - The Wall Street Journal
By Haleh Esfandiari

Among the endangered species in Iran these days are journalists–and the lawyers who defend them.
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Life Imitates Propaganda in Egypt - Journalist Detained for Talking Politics in Cairo Café
Nov. 12, 2014 - The New York Times
By Robert Mackey

Two years ago, as the forces of revolution and counterrevolution struggled for control in Egypt, a mysterious public service announcement warned Egyptians against the seemingly innocuous behavior of chatting with foreigners in cafes.
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Journalists: ‘No Longer on the Frontline, We are the Frontline’ [OPINION]
Nov. 12, 2014 - Huffington Post UK
By Eulette Ewart

I was chatting with my friend at the BBC's New Broadcasting House when both of our phones suddenly beeped with Twitter alerts. She checked her phone, looked up and said, "I can't believe they've killed Steven Sotloff. They've beheaded him."
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New Egypt Decree: President can Deport Foreigners
Nov. 12, 2014 - The Washington Post
By Staff

Egypt’s president issued a new decree Wednesday granting him the power to deport foreign defendants convicted or accused of crimes, a move that could allow him to free imprisoned journalists from the Al-Jazeera English satellite news channel.
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NBC’s Richard Engel in Syria: ‘The Most Dangerous, Unpredictable War I’ve Covered’
Nov. 11, 2014 - Media Bistro/ TVNewser
By Mark Joyella

TVNewser caught up with NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel, who is filing a series of reports this week for NBC News programs from the Syrian town of Kobane, a symbol of the U.S.-led fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
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ACLU Sues on Behalf of Journalist Whose Rights Were Violated in Ferguson [Press Release]
Nov. 10, 2014 - ACLU
By Staff

Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Bilgin Şaşmaz, a journalist with the Turkish Anadolu Agency who was on assignment covering the protests in Ferguson after the killing of Michael Brown.
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Gunmen Kill Reporter for Leading Peruvian Magazine
Nov. 10, 2014 - ABC News
By Staff

Two gunmen shot and killed a journalist for Peru's leading newsmagazine who had been investigating contract killings in a province south of Lima.
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AP Demands FBI Never Again Impersonate Journalist
Nov. 10, 2014 - Yahoo news
By Eric Tucker

The Associated Press on Monday demanded assurances from the Justice Department that the FBI will never again impersonate a member of the news media, following revelations that an agent in Seattle portrayed himself as an AP journalist during a criminal investigation.
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Brazil Reporter Attacked by Suspected Gang Members
Nov. 10, 2014 - Yahoo News
By Staff

A journalist working for the news portal of Brazil's largest television station has been beaten by suspected drug gang members who briefly kidnapped him while he was reporting in a rough area of northern Rio de Janeiro.
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Back from Liberia: 21 Days in Self-Quarantine
Nov. 9, 2014 - CBS News
By Staff

"One thing that strikes you when you arrive in the country is that the first thing you see is Liberian workers in the airport who are wearing face masks, and some of them wearing aprons. Before you can enter the terminal building, you have to wash your hands with chlorine," recalls Lara Logan about arriving in Liberia for her 60 Minutes story on an American-run clinic set up to treat people with Ebola.
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Family Suspects Foul Play in Death of US Journalist in Turkey
Nov. 7, 2014 - Fox News
By Cristina Corbin

The mother of an Lebanese-American journalist killed in Turkey while working for an Iranian news agency suspects foul play in the death of her daughter, who perished in what Turkish officials say was a traffic accident.
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Australian Channel 7 Photojournalist gets Carjacked—and Catches it all on Camera
Nov. 6, 2014 - New York Daily News
By Corinne Lestch

An Australian photojournalist was on the wrong side of the camera Thursday when he was held at gunpoint and carjacked.
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Sierra Leone Leader Orders Arrest of Ebola Talk Show Host
Nov. 5, 2014 - Yahoo News
By Staff

Sierra Leone said Wednesday it was holding a journalist in a maximum security prison after a guest on his radio show criticised President Ernest Bai Koroma's handling of the Ebola outbreak.
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Angola Journalist Criticizes African Union
Nov. 5, 2014 - ABC News
By Christopher Torchia

The African Union should move its headquarters out of Ethiopia because of concerns about freedom of expression there, an Angolan journalist and human rights campaigner said.
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Syria’s Citizen Journalists Step Up Amid Great Risk
Nov. 4, 2014 - Voice of America
By Jamie Dettmer

As the Syrian civil war grinds on into its fourth year, citizen journalists increasingly have filled the gap left by foreign professionals, few of whom now venture into the most dangerous country in the world for working journalists.
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RWB Condemns the Hunt for French Journalists’ Confidential Sources [OPINION]
Nov. 4, 2014 - Reporters Without Borders
By Staff

Reporters Without Borders is outraged by Indian authorities’ brutal search, aimed at members of the Karen community in the Andaman Islands, for those who helped two French documentarians gain access to the prohibited lands of the Jarawa tribe.
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A Reporter’s Death Shows Just How Little Burma Has Changed
Nov. 4, 2014 - Time Magazine
By Helen Regan

Forget the heady talk of reform. Burma will never get anywhere so long as the military remains unaccountable.
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ISIS Beheads Four Journalists in Mosul: Report
Nov. 4, 2014 - International Business Times
By Alessandria Masi

The Islamic State group beheaded four journalists in Iraq, according to German news agency DPA.
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Jeremy Bowen: Even Daring Reporters May Deem ISIS Threat Too Risky
Nov. 4, 2014 - The Guardian
By John Plunkett

Jeremy Bowen, one of the BBC’s most experienced foreign correspondents, has said the threat from Islamic State (Isis) has made “even the most enterprising and daring reporters” think hard about whether working in Syria is worth the risk.
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Federal Investigation of Russian Editor’s 2013 Murder Urged
Nov. 3, 2014 - International Press Institute
By Staff

The International Press Institute (IPI) and over 30 free expression groups yesterday called for Russia’s Investigative Committee to take over the investigation into the July 2013 murder of Dagestani editor Ahkmednabi Akhmednabiyev and to end the cycle of impunity for crimes against journalists in the country.
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Crimes Against Journalists Go Unpunished
Nov. 2, 2014 - Al Jazeera
By Lauren Booth

The First International Day to End Impunity for crimes against journalists has been marked by a series of meetings and conferences internationally.
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‘Stand up for Justice’, UN Urges on First Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists
Nov. 2, 2013 - UN News Centre
By Staff
Protecting the safety of journalists and ensuring that crimes committed against them don't go unpunished is ever-more important in today's changing times in order to build transparent societies and keep citizens around the world informed, the United Nations said today marking the first-ever International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.
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Impunity Must End [OPINION]
Nov. 3, 2014 - Miami Herald
By Irina Bokova
In turbulent times, freedom of expression becomes more important than ever, providing citizens with the information they need to make decisions about their lives and their societies.
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CPJ Calls on Authorities to Explain No-Fly Zone in Ferguson [OPINION]
Nov. 3, 2014 - Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff

The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a news report that law enforcement authorities in Ferguson, Missouri, sought a no-fly zone during unrest in August with the intent of blocking access for the press.
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Nils Horner’s Death Highlights Lack of Justice for those Murdered at Work [OPINION]
Nov. 2, 2014 - The Guardian
By Cilla Benko

Nils Horner, one of Sweden’s best-known and most respected foreign correspondents, was shot and killed on assignment on 11 March this year in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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Iranian Official Suggests Washington Post Reporter Could Be Released Soon
Nov. 1, 2014 - The Washington Post
By Carol Morello

A senior Iranian official has suggested Iran may be considering the release of a Washington Post reporter jailed for over 100 days without charges.
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Alex Crawford: 'Be alert about Ebola but will it kill half of Reading? No'
Nov. 2, 2014 - The Guardian
By Tara Conlan

In early October Sky News special correspondent Alex Crawford and her crew filed a report from Liberia in which they went out with recovery teams collecting the bodies of dead Ebola victims.
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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists [Press Statement]
Nov. 1, 2014 - U.S. Department of State
By John Kerry

The danger that journalists face in pursuing and publishing the truth was really driven home for me earlier this year when I visited Kyiv.
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