September 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.

Taliban Target Media During Kunduz Takeover [OPINION]
Sept. 29, 2015 – Reporters Without Borders
By Staff
Reporters Without Borders condemns yesterday’s attacks by the Taliban on several media outlets, especially Roshani Radio and TV, when they seized control of Kunduz, a major city in northern Afghanistan and capital of Kunduz province.
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Reporta, a New App, Offers Journalists a Lifeline in Hazardous Situations
Sept. 29, 2015 – Poynter
By Benjamin Mullin
Journalism, never the safest profession to begin with, has only gotten more hazardous in recent years. But a new app just might help cut down on the dangers, especially for those working in isolated and hostile areas.
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Man Accused of Killing Young Colombian Journalist Sent to Jail
Sept. 29, 2015 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
By Silvia Higuera
A judge ordered to jail a man accused of killing young Colombian journalist Flor Alba Núñez, reported newspaper El Colombiano.
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Ensuring the Safety of Journalists [OPINION]
Sept. 29, 2015 – The Express Tribune with the International New York Times
By Iqbal Khattak
The good news is that we are more than halfway through 2015 and the casualty figures for journalists have still not touched the three-digit mark.
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Journalism is not a Crime: Freed Al Jazeera Reporter Peter Greste Seeks Pardon form Egypt
Sept. 28, 2015 – Democracy Now!
By Staff
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi granted pardons to 100 people on Wednesday, including two jailed journalists from Al Jazeera—Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.
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What Can the UN do for Press Freedom [OPINION]
Sept. 28, 2015 – Columbia Journalism Review
By Joel Simon
The United Nations General Assembly shifts into high gear today, and leaders of some of the world’s most repressive countries will be in full public relations mode.
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Israel Suspends Officer Over Assault of AFP Journalists on West Bank
Sept. 28, 2015 – The Guardian
By Agence France-Presse
The Israeli military has suspended the officer in charge during an incident in the West Bank that saw soldiers assault two Agence France-Presse (AFP) journalists, take their equipment and destroy it, the army said.
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Journalism in Pakistan: Fear and Favor [OPINION]
Sept. 28, 2015 – New York Times
By Bina Shah
In this summer’s feel-good Indian movie “Bajrangi Bhaijaan,” a Pakistani TV reporter telephones his boss to tell him he has an explosive story about an Indian spy on Pakistani territory who’s not actually a spy, but a man trying to help a lost Pakistani child find her parents.
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Journalist Murdered During Robbery in Northern Colombia
Sept. 27, 2015 – Fox News Latino
By EFE
A journalist died after being shot several times during an apparent robbery attempt in Valledupar, the capital of the northern Colombian province of Cesar, the Colombian Federation of Journalists, or Fecolper, told EFE Sunday.
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Free Rasool: VICE News Staff on the Journalist Now Imprisoned for a Month in Turkey
Sept. 27, 2015 – VICE News
By Staff
It has now been exactly one month since three journalists working for VICE News were detained while reporting in southeast Turkey. Eleven days after their imprisonment, two of them, Philip Pendlebury and Jake Hanrahan, were released and are now back in the UK. But the third, Mohammed Ismael Rasool, is still in prison, charged with terrorism offenses that appear to be baseless and alarmingly false.
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Saying He was Threatened, TV Reporter Gets Protective Order
Sept. 24, 2015 – Miami Herald
By Associated Press
A Virginia television reporter has been granted a protective order after he says a man made a shooting motion at him about a week after the on-air killings of two TV journalists from a neighboring station.
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Egypt Pardons Al Jazeera Journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed
Sept. 23, 2015 – New York Times
By Kareem Fahim
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi pardoned two imprisoned journalists from the Al Jazeera English news network on Wednesday, as well as dozens of other political prisoners, effectively voiding a raft of widely criticized convictions handed down by Egypt’s courts.
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Campaign Launched to Help Find Houston Journalist
Sept. 23, 2015 – KPRC Houston/Click2Houston
By Courtney Gilmore
It's been three years since Marc and Debra Tice have spoken to their son, Austin.
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Azerbaijan: Journalist Illegally Detained [OPINION]
Sept. 23, 2015 – Human Rights Watch
By Staff
Azerbaijani authorities illegally detained a TV journalist on September 16, 2015, and have neither allowed him to see a lawyer nor brought him before a judge, Human Rights Watch said today.
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Al Jazeera Journalists are Pardoned
Sept. 23, 2015 – The Atlantic
By Krishnadev Calamur
Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were among 100 people pardoned Wednesday by Egyptian leader Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on the occasion of the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha.
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Militant Group Publishes Global Hitlist of Bloggers, Activists and Writers
Sept. 23, 2015 – The Guardian
By Jason Burke
An Islamic militant group in Bangladesh has issued a hitlist of secular bloggers, writers and activists around the world, saying they will be killed if its demands are not met.
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Black Reporters Were Threatened After 2 White TV Journalists Were Shot On-Air in VA.
Sept. 22, 2015—The Root
By Richard Prince
Black journalists in Roanoke, Va., were threatened after the Aug. 26 shooting in which black former journalist Vester Lee Flanagan shot and killed a reporter and a photographer doing a live shot, and then killed himself, the news director at Roanoke's WDBJ-TV said Saturday.
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Well-Known Blogger Freed but 15 Other Citizen-Journalists Still Held [OPINION]
Sept. 22, 2015 – Reporters Without Borders
By Staff
Reporters Without Borders is relieved by blogger Ta Phong Tan’s release after three years in prison on an anti-state propaganda charge but points out that 15 other citizen-journalists are still detained in Vietnam.
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Hungarian Border Police Beat Us, Say Seven Journalists
Sept. 18, 2015 – The Guardian
By Roy Greenslade
Further to my blog yesterday, more information has come to light about journalists being ill-treated by Hungarian police while covering the refugees crisis on the country’s border with Serbia.
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“You have to be brave to be journalist in Serbia”
Sept. 21, 2015 – Index on Censorship
By Mitra Nazar
Index's project Mapping Media Freedom has recorded 194 verified reports of media violations in Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina since May 2014. Correspondent Mitra Nazar explores the reasons behind the decline in press freedom.
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Press Freedom Group Warns that 2015 will be Deadliest Year for Media
Sept. 18, 2015 – The Guardian
By Roy Greenslade
With more than three months to go before the end of the year, a press freedom organisation is predicting that 2015 “is on course to be the deadliest year for the media on record.”
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Three Journalists Beaten and Detained by Hungarian Border Police
Sept. 17, 2015 – The Gaurdian
By Roy Greenslade
Three journalists were reportedly beaten before being arrested on Wednesday by Hungarian police while covering the refugees crisis on the country’s border with Serbia.
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Media Coverage Curtailed After Burkina Faso Coup [OPINION]
Sept. 17, 2015 – Reporters Without Borders
By Staff
Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the situation in Burkina Faso, where the soldiers who staged a coup d’état yesterday have silenced most privately-owned radio and TV stations and are controlling the state-owned national TV broadcaster, RTB.
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Outcry Mounts as Russian Governor Accused in Journalist’s Beating
Sept. 17, 2015 – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
By Tom Balmforth
Several prominent Russian cultural figures are boycotting a literature festival backed by Pskov Oblast Governor Andrei Turchak, part of an outcry over allegations that the regional leader was behind a near-fatal attack on journalist Oleg Kashin in 2010.
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Investigative Moroccan Journalist Goes on Hunger Strike After Being Banned from Leaving Nation
Sept. 17, 2015 – U.S. News and World Reports
By Associated Press
A Moroccan historian and journalist said Thursday he has gone on hunger strike after being banned from leaving the country because he is under investigation for harming the country's image.
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Israeli Security Forces Use Violence Against Journalists in East Jerusalem [OPINION]
Sept. 16, 2015 – Reporters Without Borders
By Staff
Reporters Without Borders condemns the violence used by Israeli police against journalists covering the clashes between security forces and Palestinian protesters that have been taking place in and around the plaza in front of East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque for the past three days.
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Newly Freed Thai Journalist Forced to Quit Newspaper
Sept. 16, 2015 – New York Times
By Associated Press
A Thai journalist just freed from detention by the military government said Wednesday he has resigned under pressure from his newspaper.
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Paraguayan Journalist Living in Danger Receives CPJ International Press Freedom Award
Sept. 15, 2015 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
By Silvia Higuera
Paraguayan journalist Cándido Figueredo Ruiz is one of the winners of the 2015 International Press Freedom Awards given by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the organization announced Tuesday.
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U.N. Rights Committee Hears Appeal over Post Reporter Held in Iran
Sept. 15, 2015 – Washington Post
By Carol Morello
The brother of detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian urged a U.N. rights panel on Tuesday to help obtain the journalist’s release from an Iranian prison where he awaits a verdict after trial for charges including espionage.
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Thai Junta Frees Journalist, Politicians Critical of Regime
Sept. 15, 2015 – ABC News
By Nattasuda Anusondisai and Grant Peck, Associated Press
Thailand's military government on Tuesday freed a journalist and two politicians who were detained for defying orders against criticizing its rule.
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AP: Hungarian Police Forced Journalist to Delete Footage of Police Dog Attacking Refugee
Sept. 15, 2015 – U.S. News and World Report
By Associated Press
The Associated Press is protesting the brief detention of one of its journalists by Hungarian police as he covered migrants crossing the border, saying he was forced to delete footage that included images of a police dog knocking down a refugee. Hungary disputed the account Tuesday.
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Belfast Journalist Receives Death Threat During Murder Investigation
Sept. 14, 2015 – The Guardian
By Roy Greenslade
A journalist working for the Belfast-based Irish News has received a death threat connected to a current murder investigation.
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Map Recording Threats to Journalists in Europe Relaunches and Expands to Russia Ukraine and Belarus
Sept. 11, 2015 – Reporters Without Borders
By Staff
Index on Censorship, the European Federation of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders are delighted to announce the expansion and redesign of Mapping Media Freedom, which records threats to journalists across Europe, and which will now also cover Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
To read the entire article, click here.

Turkey Deports Dutch Journalist Accused of ‘Aiding’ Kurdish Militants
Sept. 10, 2015 - The Guardian
By Reuters

Turkey deported a Dutch freelance journalist on Wednesday after she was detained on suspicion of aiding Kurdish militants while reporting in the country’s strife-hit south-east, her lawyer has said.
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News Website Editor Gunned Down in Mogadishu [OPINION]
Sept. 10, 2015 - Reporters Without Borders
By Staff

Reporters Without Borders is shocked and saddened to learn that Abdullahi Ali Hussein, the editor of the English-language section of the Somali online newspaper Waagasucub, was gunned down in the Mogadishu district of Dharkenley on 8 September.
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Veteran S. Sudan Journalist Quits Over Death Threats
Sept. 10, 2015 - Yahoo News
By Agence France Presse

Respected South Sudan journalist Nhial Bol, who set up the country's first independent newspaper printing press, has quit journalism after threats, reports said Thursday.
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2 Journalists Killed within 24 Hours in Karachi
Sept. 9, 2015 - ABC News
By Associated Press
Police in Pakistan say gunmen have shot dead two journalists in separate attacks in the country's violent port city of Karachi in the last 24 hours.
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National Security Cited in Crackdown on Journalism Worldwide
Sept. 8, 2015 - Yahoo News
By AP/Frank Jordans

The detention of three Vice News journalists in Turkey last month came with all-too-familiar charges of terror-related crimes. Similar allegations were leveled against three Al-Jazeera reporters convicted last year in Egypt of fabricating news to help the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
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Russian Journalist Names Alleged Attackers in 2010 Beating
Sept. 8, 2015 - Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
By Staff

Russian journalist Oleg Kashin has released the names of three men who have been charged with severely beating him in a 2010 attack in which he nearly died, and he expressed fears for his safety in connection with the influential figures he believes ordered the attack.
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Turkey Says Dutch Journalist Detained ‘for her own safety’
Sept. 6, 2015 - Reuters
By Toby Sterling and Orhan Caskun

A Dutch journalist who in January was acquitted by a Turkish court of writing propaganda for Kurdish militants has been detained in southeast Turkey "for her own safety" due to fighting in the area, a Turkish official said on Sunday.
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Reports: Two Vice News Journalists Arrested in Turkey Released from Prison
Sept. 3, 2015 - Newsweek
By Michele Richnick

Two of three Vice News journalists detained in Turkey on terrorism charges have been released from prison, the international news channel confirmed on Thursday.
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Newspaper Columnist Kidnapped from her Home in Nigeria [OPINION]
Sept. 2, 2015 - Committee to Protect Journalists
By Staff

A Nigerian newspaper columnist was abducted from her home early Sunday, according to news reports.
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Beirut Riot Police Use Violence Against Journalists [OPINION]
Sept. 2, 2015 - Reporters Without Borders
By Staff

Reporters Without Borders condemns the many cases of violence against journalists by security forces in recent weeks in Beirut during demonstrations in protest against the collapse of garbage collection.
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UK Raises Human Rights Concerns Over Vice News Journalists Arrested in Turkey
Sept. 2, 2015 - The Guardian
By Kevin Rawlinson

The British government has stepped up the pressure on the Turkish authorities over the arrests of two British journalists on terror charges, reminding Turkey of its obligations under human rights law.
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VICE News Journalists Transferred to Prison Hours from Legal Help
Sept. 2, 2015 - VICE News
By Staff

VICE News' team of three journalists — who remain detained in Turkey for entirely baseless and absurd charges — have now been transported to a high-security "F-type" prison facility more than five hours away from where their legal representation is based, and from the court where they are due to appear, said Kevin Sutcliffe, VICE's Head of News Programming in Europe.
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China Urged to Free Reporter Detained for Stock Market Story
Sept. 1, 2015 - New York Times
By AP
The Committee to Protect Journalists is urging Chinese authorities to release a reporter accused of spreading false information on the country's stock market meltdown, calling it the latest act of media intimidation by President Xi Jinping's administration.
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Lawyer: Turkey Arrested Journalists to Deter Foreign Media
Sept. 1, 2015 - Washington Post
By Suzan Fraser/AP

A lawyer representing two Vice News journalists and their assistant on Tuesday denounced a Turkish court’s decision to arrest them on terror-related charges, calling it a government attempt to deter foreign media from reporting on the conflict with Kurdish rebels.
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Australian, Thai Journalists Acquitted of Defaming Thai Navy
Sept. 1, 2015 - CNN
By Kocha Olarn
An Australian and a Thai journalist, who were charged with defamation for reporting on the alleged involvement of Thai naval forces in human trafficking, have been acquitted.
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Three Journalists Murdered in Two Weeks in the Philippines
Sept. 1, 2015 - The Guardian
By Roy Greenslade

Filipino broadcaster Cosme Maestrado was shot dead on Thursday (28 August), the third journalist murdered in two weeks in the Philippines.
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Turkey Jails Foreign Journalists for First Time in 15 Years [OPINION]
Sept. 1, 2015 - Reporters Without Borders
By Staff

After three days in police custody in the mainly Kurdish southeastern city Diyarbakir, three foreign journalists were placed in pre-trial detention on a terrorism charge late yesterday. This is the first time since 1998 that this has happened to foreign media personnel.
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