September 2016

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September 2016

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.

Gunmen Shoot Dead Somalia Journalist in Capital: Colleague
Sept. 27, 2016 – The Associated Press
MOGADISHU, Somalia — A colleague says unidentified gunmen have shot dead a journalist in Somalia's capital. Abdiaziz Mohamed Ali Haji, a reporter for Shabelle radio, was shot on his way home Tuesday, producer Abdirizak Turyare says. Somalia is one of the world's most dangerous countries for media workers. Rights groups say both Islamic extremists and the government have reason to target them.
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CPJ welcomes new probe into murder of Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickramatunga
Sept. 21, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By CPJ
New York – Sri Lankan police today exhumed the body of slain journalist Lasantha Wickramatunga as part of a new investigation into his death in 2009, according to news reports. A Sri Lankan judge this month granted permission for the police to exhume the editor's body due to contradictory post-mortem reports--two months after a military intelligence officer was arrested in connection with the killing, according to news reports.
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Jordan: journalist Nahed Hattar's murder 'deplorable'
Sept. 26, 2016 – Amnesty International UK
The shooting to death of a prominent journalist outside a court in Amman yesterday is an alarming attack on freedom of expression, said Amnesty International. 
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Mexican journalist dies from injuries after being shot in Puebla state
Sept. 21, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By CPJ
Mexico City, September 20, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists urged authorities in the central Mexican state of Puebla today to conduct a full and credible investigation into the killing of journalist Aurelio Cabrera Campos, the founder and editorial director of a weekly news magazine, El Gráfico de la Sierra.
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Hassan Rouhani at the UN: RSF’s condemns Iranian President’s inaction
Sept. 21, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
On the eve of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to New York for the 71st United Nations General Assembly, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its condemnation of Iran’s harassment of print and online media outlets and the recent arrests of three journalists.
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Eritrea ended media freedom 15 years ago this month
Sept. 21, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) pays tribute to the 11 journalists held indefinitely in inhuman conditions after being arrested without charge 15 years ago this month in Eritrea, in a September 2001 crackdown that ended all media freedom in this Horn of Africa country. RSF urges the European Union, which is trying to normalize its relations with Asmara, to not close its eyes to actions that constitute crimes against humanity and violations of the Eritrean population’s fundamental rights.
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A pregnant reporter talks about covering the Zika outbreak in South Florida
Sept. 21, 2016 – Columbia Journalism Review
By Susannah Nesmith
Sammy Mack covers the health beatfor WLRN, the NPR member station in South Florida. That means she’s been reporting on the Zika virus since early summer, when health officials began warning that they expected an outbreak to hit Florida. Locally acquired infections did appear in mid-summer, and Mack has been following the response from public officials ever since.
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Two Mexican journalists killed in Puebla and Oaxaca
Sept.16, 2016 – Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas
By Teresa Mioli
Aurelio Cabrera Campos, director of weekly El Gráfico in the state of Puebla, was shot on the night of Sept. 14 while driving on the highway in Huauchinango. Authorities arrived at the scene after receiving an anonymous phone call, Proceso reported. Cabrera died hours later after being transferred to a hospital.
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Chinese police detain, assault Hong Kong journalists for covering protest
Sept. 16, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By CPJ
New York, September 15, 2016 - Chinese authorities should launch a credible, independent investigation into allegations police assaulted journalists and allow reporters to do their work, including covering protests, without restriction, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police in China's southern Guangdong province last night assaulted and detained five journalists from Hong Kong-based news outlets, their employers reported, and prevented many others from approaching a village that has recently been the site of protests.
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From Burundi: Reporters Without Borders reiterate call for probe into journalist's forced disappearance
Sept. 15, 2016 – International Business Time UK
By Elsa Buchanan
Advocacy group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has reiterated its call on Burundian authorities to launch an independent investigation into the alleged forced disappearance of Burundian journalist Jean Bigirimana. Burundi's media was among the first casualties of violence that has rocked the country since end of April. In May 2015, IBTimes UK exclusively reported how local journalists had gone into hiding as they feared they were on an alleged hit-list rolled out by the country's government after the failed coup d'etat.
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Cambodia: Undercover in Snuol
Sept. 14, 2016 – Pulitzer Center of Crisis Reporting
By Saul Elbein
Before we headed out into the field, my fixer, Sinary Sany, had a come-to-Jesus meeting with me about mission security. Sinary was a firecracker of a woman, a Khmer-land activist turned freelance reporter at the Cambodia Daily. When I'd asked her if she had had any threats while covering land issues, she shrugged and said, “Not so much. Only beaten twice,” and then when I, taken aback, asked if she was scared to work on this story, she shook her head and said, “No, I am not scared, because the powerful people have taken so much from us that I do not care now if they kill us, because we are not going to be quiet.”
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Arrest warrant for muckraking U.S. journalist
Sept. 13, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By CPJ
New York, September 12, 2016 -- Prosecutors in the U.S. state of North Dakota should immediately drop all criminal charges against broadcast journalist Amy Goodman, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Goodman, who hosts the global news program Democracy Now!, faces criminal trespass charges in connection with her reporting on protests against the construction of an oil pipeline opposed by Native American tribes in the region.
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Brothers critical of Turkish government arrested after TV programme
Sept. 11, 2016 – The Guardian
Ahmet Altan, a former newspaper editor, and his brother Mehmet, a prominent academic, have been taken into custody for ‘subliminal messages’
The Turkish police has detained Ahmet Altan, the journalist and author, and his brother Mehmet Altan, a prominent academic, raising international concern over Turkey’s continued arrests of government critics in the wake of the bloody coup attempt in July.
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Venezuelan journalist arrested after reporting on protest
Sept. 7, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By CPJ
Bogotá, Colombia, September 7, 2016--Venezuelan authorities should immediately release online and radio journalist Braulio Jatar Alonso, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Domestic intelligence officers detained Jatar on September 3, a day after he reported on an anti-government protest.
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Hamas targets Palestinian investigative reporter
Sept. 7, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns Palestinian journalist Mohamed Othman’s persecution by the Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip. Othman, whose investigative reporting is often critical of Hamas, was arrested by Hamas security officials on 1 September and was held for nearly 24 hours.
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RSF and 6 organizations find “obvious government interference” at Croatian public broadcaster
Sept. 7, 2016 – RSF
By Reporters Without Borders
The Croatian public broadcaster HRT must provide balanced coverage of the campaign leading up to the country’s September 11 parliamentary elections, a group of six prominent international media freedom organizations, including Reporters Without Borders (RSF), say, according to findings from June 2016 media freedom mission to Croatia.
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Journalist detained over criminal defamation complaint in Bangladesh
Sept. 6, 2016 – Committee to Protect Journalists
By CPJ
Bangkok, September 6, 2016--Bangladeshi journalist Siddiqur Rahman Khan has been detained since September 1 after a criminal defamation complaint was filed against him under Article 57 of the 2006 Information and Communication Technology Act, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists called today for Khan's immediate release and an end to the use of criminal charges to harass and stifle online media in Bangladesh.
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Palestinian Journalist and Hamas Critic Is Arrested in Gaza
Sept. 1, 2016 – Associated Press
By The Associated Press
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The wife of a prominent Palestinian journalist and critic of the Islamic militant group that rules the Gaza Strip says Hamas has arrested him. Mohammed Othman's wife, Huda, says Hamas officers arrested him at his home on Thursday after showing up with a warrant for his arrest.
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