Journalism: a dangerous job, and oft well done (5)

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Journalism: a dangerous job, and oft well done (5)

Editat: gen. 8, 6:01pm

The topic is news of journalists being attacked throughout the world.

American news is currently focused on yesterday's attack on the US Capitol building. The POTUS-directed "rioters" threatened journalists and grabbed their equipment during the assault. (Started in the previous thread.)

"Inside a Harrowing Day at the Capitol" shared the experiences of NYT reporters.

They saw that my ID said The New York Times and became really angry. They threw me to the floor, trying to take my cameras. I started screaming for help as loudly as I could. No one came. People just watched. At this point, I thought I could be killed.

gen. 8, 6:27pm

"Are you Antifa?"
"He's not. He's not."


julythephotoguy: A gopro video shows my apnews colleague and teammate John Minchillo being attacked by President Donald Trump supporters as we cover protesters clashing with Capitol Police yesterday. Thankfully, he wasn’t injured. He was labeled as an anti protesters, even though he kept flashing his press credentials, and one person can be heard threatening to kill him. This is an unedited, real life situation of a member of the press keeping his cool even though he was being attacked.

gen. 8, 10:52pm

A positive step for Julian Assange but a blow to press freedom (CPJ)

A London court’s decision this week not to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States imperils press freedom even as it benefits Assange.

In her January 4 decision, Judge Vanessa Baraister ruled that Assange would be at risk of suicide should he be extradited to the U.S. to face criminal prosecution, including on espionage charges. But she did not outright reject the Justice Department’s case against Assange, which press freedom advocates, including CPJ, say criminalizes some newsgathering practices. On January 6 the same judge denied Assange bail.

“The ruling’s protection is limited to Assange himself. It’s not going to help the next journalist or publisher”...

Editat: gen. 9, 1:08am

Zimbabwe journalist Hopewell Chin'ono arrested for third time in six months (Guardian)

Police in Zimbabwe have arrested the prominent journalist Hopewell Chin‘ono, for the third time in six months, his lawyer said...

CPJ joins call for Guatemalan authorities to drop criminal charges against journalist Anastasia Mejía (CPJ)

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 50 human rights organizations, media outlets, and individuals in a statement calling on Guatemalan authorities to drop all remaining charges against Indigenous radio journalist Anastasia Mejía Tiriquiz. Mejía is facing charges of sedition and aggravated attack for her alleged participation in an August 24, 2020, demonstration, according to the statement. Police arrested Mejía on September 22 for allegedly joining in that protest against a local mayor, as CPJ documented at the time. She was held at a detention center in Quetzaltenango for five weeks until being released pending trial...

gen. 11, 11:48am

Colombian journalist Andrés Felipe Guevara shot and killed (CPJ)

On December 21, 2020, in the western city of Cali, an unidentified assailant shot Guevara four times while he was talking with a friend in front of his home, according to news reports. Guevara was shot in his chest, stomach, and leg, and was hospitalized following the attack; he died of his wounds on December 23, according to news reports. The journalist’s friend was shot in the buttocks and survived, the reports said. Guevara, 27, covered crime for the daily newspaper Q’hubo Cali, according to those reports...

Nicaraguan journalist Aníbal Toruño harassed, home raided (CPJ)

Yesterday, national police officers raided Toruño’s home in the northwestern city of León, and broke the home’s front door and other furniture... Police did not present a warrant for the raid, and did not confiscate anything from the home... Toruño said that it was the second time police had raided his home in a week, after officers broke into his home on January 4, saying they were looking for guns and drugs, which they did not find, and threatened one of Toruño’s domestic workers, saying she worked for a drug dealer. Radio Darío is one of the few independent media outlets in the city of León, and covered protests against President Daniel Ortega’s government that started in April 2018...

Editat: gen. 12, 11:21pm

Global media's Nigeria abductions coverage 'wrong' (BBC)

Nigerian novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani criticises international media coverage of the abduction of schoolchildren in Nigeria - from that of the "Chibok girls" in 2014 to that of the "Kankara boys" last month...

Venezuelan authorities raid, shutter VPITV broadcaster (CPJ)

On January 8, authorities raided the Caracas offices of VPITV, an independent online broadcaster, where they confiscated cameras, computers, transmission equipment, and documents, and ordered the station to cease operations...

gen. 13, 10:58pm

Is Britain's TV news at risk of being dominated by those who shout loudest? (Guardian)

There has long been an alignment of interests between those who despise the EU and those who despise the BBC for its publicly funded journalism. This confluence has also been demonstrated by British newspaper owners and their editors; now two new television ventures are providing a fresh outlet...

Much ink has been spilled over what this potential Foxification of the airwaves will do without much thought for the fact that the culture war over Britain and its place in the world has already been led by the UK’s rightwing press, most of which is owned by Rupert Murdoch and other Brexit-backing billionaires. The differences with the US are many, from the expectation of impartiality on TV, governed by regulation, to a print media that is far more opinionated than its US counterparts. What both countries share, however, is the tendency for the biggest billionaires to claim they speak on behalf of so-called ordinary people...

gen. 14, 12:13pm

CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering the build-up to the U.S. presidential inauguration

Journalists should be prepared for the risk of hostility and violence from such militia groups, protesters, and the police. Since May 2020, there have been hundreds of reported incidents of violence and harassment targeting journalists covering protests, as well as arrests...

Investigative outlet Repórter Brasil targeted with cyberattacks, threats, attempted break-in

From January 6 to 12, unidentified internet users orchestrated a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on the website of Repórter Brasil, an investigative reporting and human rights organization, flooding the page with web traffic and forcing it offline multiple times, according to a statement by the outlet and its director... Following the commencement of the attack January 6, and then again on January 8, the outlet’s general contact email account received anonymous messages demanding that Repórter Brasil remove all its reporting from 2003 to 2005, or else face further attacks...

Both from CPJ

gen. 14, 10:55pm

Russian regulator announces fines for RFE/RL outlets under expanded ‘foreign agent’ law

On January 12, Roskomnadzor, the country’s media regulator, issued four notices to media outlets run by the U.S. Congress-funded broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and four personal notices to Andrey Shary, the general director of the RFE/RL’s legal entity in Russia, as the person responsible for each outlet... The notices allege that the four outlets—Radio Liberty, Current Time TV, and the regional news websites Sibir.Realii and Idel.Realii—failed to label their content as “foreign agent-produced,” a violation of Russia’s foreign agents law, according to news reports and the regulator’s statement...

Turkish police raid Etkin News Agency, arrest reporter Pınar Gayıp

Last night, police raided the Istanbul office of the Etkin News Agency, a news outlet supportive of the Socialist Party of the Oppressed, according to news reports and a report by the outlet. During the raid, police broke the front door of the news agency’s office and searched its premises, seizing camera memory cards, computer hard drives, and 6,600 Turkish lira (US$893) in cash from the office, according to those reports. Also last night, police arrested Gayıp, a reporter with the agency, at her home in Istanbul, and sought to arrest editor İsminaz Temel, but could not find her...

Both from CPJ

gen. 15, 11:18pm

Turkish journalist Orhan Uğuroğlu attacked in Ankara (CPJ)

Earlier today, in Ankara, the capital, three unidentified men attacked Uğuroğlu, the Ankara correspondent for the nationalist daily Yeniçağ, while he was getting into his car at his home, according to a report by his employer and news reports. The men attacked Uğuroğlu and attempted to run him over with their car, but the journalist escaped with only a minor injury to his elbow...

gen. 16, 11:05am

James Murdoch says US media 'lies' unleashed 'insidious forces' (Guardian)

Son of Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch issues excoriating rebuke following storming of the Capitol...

gen. 20, 5:43am

Biden administration 'to declassify report' into Khashoggi murder (Guardian)

The Biden administration will declassify an intelligence report into the murder by the Saudi government of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to Avril Haines, who has been nominated to serve as director of national intelligence. The decision means that the US is likely to officially assign blame for Khashoggi’s brutal murder to the kingdom’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman...

Russian journalist Dmitry Timoshenko repeatedly arrested, fined over protest coverage

Police in the eastern city of Khabarovsk have detained Timoshenko, a correspondent for the independent regional newspaper Arsenievskie Vesti, three times since January 16 while he covered protests in the city; he was most recently arrested this afternoon and remains in custody...

Deportation for Iranian journalist Mohammad Mosaed ‘not on the table’ in Turkey, official says

Iranian journalist Mohamed Mosaed has requested asylum in Turkey, his lawyer Canan Pehlivan told the Committee Protect Journalist today. CPJ is calling on Turkish authorities to conduct an expedited review of his request, as Mosaed faces imprisonment in Iran in reprisal for his journalism. Pehlivan told CPJ that Mosaed will be held at a Turkish migration center for the next 14 days, pursuant to the country’s COVID-19 regulations, and that Turkish officials had assured her that her client would not face deportation. That position was affirmed in a statement attributable to a senior Turkish security official—emailed yesterday to The New York Times and shared with CPJ–who said that Mosaed applied for international protection and that deportation “is not on the table”...

Portuguese police surveilled, interrogated journalists in leak investigation

From April to June 2018, as part of a bribery investigation into executives of a local soccer team, the Lisbon public prosecutor’s office ordered police to secretly surveil four reporters in an effort to uncover sources for their coverage of that case...

The last three from CPJ.

gen. 20, 10:41pm

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights orders Colombia to protect journalist Ricardo Calderón (CPJ)

Yesterday, the commission made public a resolution, dated January 14, determining that Calderón faced “grave and imminent” danger from threats and surveillance by the Colombian military and other sources due to his reporting, and ordered officials to adopt the necessary measures to protect Calderón’s life and allow him to continue working safely. Under the regulations of the Organization of American States, which operates the commission and of which Colombia is a member, the Colombian government is required to follow the commission’s recommendations and report back on its efforts...

gen. 21, 10:48pm

Russian authorities warn journalists, social media platforms, and news outlets ahead of pro-Navalny protests

Since yesterday, police and the country’s media regulator have issued warnings to at least four journalists, as well as to news outlets and social media platforms, discouraging them from covering protests in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny...

Argentine municipal government files criminal complaint over journalist’s COVID-19 vaccine reporting

On January 13, the municipality of Quilmes, a city in Buenos Aires province, filed a criminal complaint to a federal court over Carrigall’s reporting on the municipal government’s alleged mishandling of the coronavirus vaccine...

Both from CPJ

gen. 26, 10:15am

Journalist Marilú Capa shot, severely injured in Ecuador (CPJ)

At about 8 a.m. on January 19, in the northeastern town of Nueva Loja, an unidentified man entered a restaurant that Capa owns and shot her six times with a pistol... The attacker then fled the scene on a motorcycle driven by a second unidentified man...

gen. 27, 11:01pm

Russian police detain, beat, and harass dozens of journalists covering pro-Navalny protests (CPJ)

On January 23, police in at least 20 cities throughout Russia detained, beat, and otherwise interfered with the work of at least 58 journalists, assaulting at least 8 and detaining at least 49, while they were covering protests in support of the opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny...

gen. 28, 10:50pm

Russian journalist Ruslan Totrov beaten in North Ossetia (CPJ)

On January 21, two men entered Totrov’s office in Vladikavkaz, the capital of North Ossetia, and attacked the journalist while he was in a studio recording a video blog... The men hit Totrov in the face, cutting his lip and breaking two of his teeth, while threatening to kill him if he did not stop writing “nasty things and lies about their ‘brother,’ South Ossetia President Anatoly Bibilov”...

gen. 29, 11:44pm

UK Minister under fire over tweets about journalist who sent her questions (Guardian)

A government minister is facing criticism after publicly accusing a journalist of “making up claims” and creating disinformation for asking questions about a video campaign promoting the coronavirus vaccine programme. In a Twitter thread, Kemi Badenoch accused the journalist from HuffPost of “creepy and bizarre” behaviour, and published screenshots of questions sent to her MP’s office and to a ministerial press office, naming the reporter. In the wake of the tweets, the journalist concerned, Nadine White, had been forced to make her own Twitter account private as she was receiving so much abuse, HuffPost said...

gen. 30, 11:06pm

Arrest of photographer at Kent protest raises press freedom fears (Guardian)

Concern is growing over press freedom following the arrest of a photographer after he took and shared photos of a protest at a former military barracks controversially housing asylum seekers...

Aitchison spent several minutes covering the brief protest... Five police officers arrived at Aitchison’s nearby home six hours later and arrested him on suspicion of criminal damage, in front of his children. In an interview with the Guardian, he said: “I really feel like they’re trying to clamp down on the freedom of the press"...

Editat: feb. 3, 1:30am

Russian police detain or harass more than 100 journalists amid January 31 pro-Navalny protests (CPJ)

During nationwide protests by supporters of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny on January 31, as well as in their immediate run-up, police throughout the country detained, intimidated, or harassed at least 122 journalists...

To police, ‘the camera is like a red cloth to a bull’: four journalists on covering Russia’s pro-Navalny protests (CPJ)

Law enforcement officers detained, beat, and otherwise interfered with the work of dozens of journalists covering protests in at least 20 cities...

South Sudan: Rampant abusive surveillance by NSS instils climate of fear (Amnesty International)

South Sudan’s National Security Service (NSS) is using abusive surveillance to terrorize journalists, activists and critics, leading to a climate of intense fear and self-censorship, Amnesty International said in a new report...

feb. 3, 11:21pm

Why journalists in India are under attack (BBC)

A month after taking office in the summer of 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India's "democracy will not sustain if we can't guarantee freedom of speech and expression". Six years on, many believe, India's democracy looks diminished, by what they say are persistent attacks on the freedom of the press. Last year India dropped two places and was ranked 142 on the 180-country World Press Freedom Index...

feb. 5, 12:06am

Staff outraged at New York Times response to reporter's racist language (Guardian)

More than 150 New York Times staffers sent a letter on Wednesday to its executive leadership criticizing the paper’s response to complaints from parents that the journalist Donald McNeil Jr had used racist language while on a company-sponsored student trip, and for the handling of the scandal once those complaints were first reported. “Our community is outraged and in pain,” staffers wrote, adding that despite the paper’s “seeming commitment to diversity and inclusion, {they’ve} given a prominent platform – a critical beat covering a pandemic disproportionately affecting people of color – to someone who chose to use language that is offensive and unacceptable by any newsroom’s standards”...

Mexico: ex-governor arrested for allegedly ordering torture of journalist (Guardian)

Mexican authorities have arrested a former state governor on charges that he ordered the illegal arrest and torture of a prominent reporter who investigated his protection of a paedophile ring...

Police attack journalists with tear gas and rubber bullets at Istanbul protest (CPJ)

Yesterday, Istanbul police in the city’s Kadıköy district fired tear gas at journalists covering student protests against a new university rector, and shot at least two members of the press with rubber bullets...

Kazakh police detain, harass editor of independent weekly Uralskaya Nedelya (CPJ)

On February 1, police in the Abai district of the western city of Uralsk summoned Akhmedyarov, chief editor of independent weekly newspaper Uralskaya Nedelya, and interrogated him about an investigative report on alleged local corruption he published on November 27, 2020, and asked him to reveal his sources, which he refused to do...

Journalist Valery Vorotnik assaulted in Ukraine (CPJ)

On February 2, in the central city of Cherkasy, two men entered the editorial office of the independent broadcaster Antena TV, where Vorotnik works as chief editor, and beat him to the point of losing consciousness... Vorotnik said that the men punched and kicked him in the head, causing him to pass out, and also destroyed a camera that was on his desk. Vitaly Hrebinets, an editor and video producer at the station who witnessed the attack, told CPJ via messaging app that one of the attackers then threatened to kill Vorotnik if he “says something bad” about him, and then they both left the scene. Hrebinets and Vorotnik identified one of the attackers, the man who made the threat, as Stanislav Kolomiets, an official at the Cherasky city council...

Editat: feb. 6, 12:11am

>19 John5918:

UK Police drop case against photographer at Kent barracks protest (Guardian)

Press freedom concerns raised over arrest of Andy Aitchison after he documented Napier barracks protest...

feb. 6, 12:19am

UK expelled Chinese journalists 'working as spies' (BBC)

Three journalists who were allegedly working as spies for China were asked to leave the UK last year. Their departure, first reported by the Daily Telegraph, came because they had arrived under journalism visas but were believed to be working for the Ministry of State Security, part of China's intelligence apparatus. Their departure was low-key...

feb. 6, 11:52pm

Two New York Times journalists leave paper over different controversies (Guardian)

Two New York Times journalists have left the paper over separate controversies involving racist and sexist behavior, including its high-profile Covid-19 reporter Donald McNeil, following disclosures about his use of a racist slur while on a company-sponsored student trip.

The departures of McNeil and audio journalist, Andy Mills, a co-creator of the Daily podcast and a producer and co-host of the now partially retracted Caliphate podcast, come amid a wider reckoning across over racism and abusive behavior within American newsrooms...

Editat: feb. 8, 11:16pm

Uzbek blogger Otabek Sattoriy detained, charged with extortion (CPJ)

On January 30, in the southern city of Termez, a group of plain-clothed police officers detained Sattoriy, a blogger who covers alleged local corruption on his Telegram and YouTube accounts, both named Xalq Fikri (“The People’s Opinion”)...

Belarus journalists Katsiaryna Andreyeva and Darya Chultsova to face trial over protest reporting (CPJ)

Andreyeva, a correspondent for the Poland-based independent broadcaster Belsat TV, and Chultsova, a camera operator for the outlet, will appear tomorrow before a judge in the Frunzensky District Court of Minsk, the capital, according to news reports and Barys Haretski, deputy head of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, an independent press freedom and trade group, who spoke with CPJ via messaging app. The two are charged with “organizing and preparing actions that grossly violate public order,” which authorities allege they committed while covering mass protests over the disputed August 2020 reelection of President Aleksandr Lukashenko, according to those sources. If convicted, they could face up to three years in jail, according to Belarusian law...

UK editors call on ministers to protect freedom of information (Guardian)

Open letter raises concerns public is being obstructed when requesting information from official files...

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai to remain in jail as landmark security law case continues (Guardian)

Hong Kong media mogul and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai will remain in jail after the city’s highest court sided with authorities to keep him in jail pending further legal arguments, in the first real legal challenge to the national security law...

feb. 10, 3:29pm

>1 aspirit: The people who attacked the journalists from the New York Times should be prosecuted under the law.
The journalists themselves should get an Andy Ngo Award, and be allowed to get back to the NYT to join in the white-supremacist hunt fun there.

Editat: feb. 10, 11:25pm

Russian blogger jailed for 25 days over coverage of Navalny protests, hospitalized after hunger strike (CPJ)

On January 28, plain-clothed law enforcement officers detained Bairov near his home in Ulan-Ude, a city in the eastern Russian Republic of Buryatia, according to news reports and Bairov’s wife, Yekaterina Bartayeva... During his detention, approximately five officers ran up to Bairov, pushed him to the ground, and forcefully twisted his arms, dislocating his left arm, according to Bartayeva, who witnessed the raid, and those reports. Later that day, the Sovetskiy District Court found Bairov guilty of “repeated violation of the law on mass events,” and sentenced him to 25 days of detention for his alleged participation in a January 23 rally in support of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Ulan-Ude...

'This used to be your favourite show': Polish media stage blackout protest (Guardian)

Commercial TV channels, radio stations and web portals have gone off air in Poland in protest at tax proposals that critics say threaten independent media, a day after Hungary’s leading private radio station lost its broadcasting licence. The European commission on Wednesday expressed concern for media freedom in the two countries, both of whose governments have been accused of acting to stifle opposition outlets and are under investigation for alleged rule-of-law violations. Polish private media, much of which is highly critical of the nationalist ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, ran slogans such as “This used to be your favourite show” and “Media without choice” to highlight the planned tax on their advertising revenues...

feb. 11, 11:29pm

China bans BBC World News in retaliation for UK licence blow (Guardian)

China has been critical of BBC reports on Xinjiang, while Ofcom recently revoked CGTN licence...

Editat: feb. 14, 11:20am

Journalists Alvarez Destiné and Méus Jeanril shot as police and armed forces disperse protest in Haiti (CPJ)

Yesterday afternoon, in the Champs-des-Mars area of Port-au-Prince, the capital, unidentified attackers shot Destiné and Jeanril while they were covering protests calling for President Jovenel Moïse to step down... The shootings occurred as members of the Haitian National Police and the Armed Forces fired live ammunition to disperse demonstrators...

‘Radio stations in South Sudan practice self-censorship’ (Radio Tamazuj)

For the past two years or so we are realizing some improvement in press freedom. Journalists have a right now and they are talking. For the past three months, we have never heard about any incident of arrest or detention. This is because journalists themselves are now aware of what issues they can report about or not. This is the result of a lot of training awareness by the civil societies to journalists and organized forces. This is the reason that increased the level of press freedom. The media are now somehow enjoying their profession. And most journalists and media houses now know what topics that they can tackle or not...

TJ Ducklo: Biden aide quits over 'abhorrent' language (BBC)

White House deputy press secretary TJ Ducklo has resigned, a day after being suspended without pay for allegedly threatening a female reporter... "I used language that no woman should ever have to hear from anyone, especially in a situation where she was just trying to do her job. It was language that was abhorrent, disrespectful and unacceptable"...

Editat: feb. 17, 1:54pm

Turkey sentences 4 Özgür Gündem journalists to jail on terror charges

Yesterday, the 23rd Istanbul Court of Serious Crimes convicted three former editors and the former publisher of pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem on terrorism charges, and sentenced them to jail terms ranging from 25 months to more than six years...

Meet Mediazona, the punk rock-founded Russian news outlet whose editor was jailed for a tweet

Of the more than 100 Russian journalists who have been arrested or fined covering rallies in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Mediazona chief editor Sergey Smirnov has become a symbol of the absurd lengths to which Russian authorities are willing to go to quash coverage of the events...

Belarusian authorities raid Belarusian Association of Journalists headquarters, journalists’ homes

Today, police in Belarus raided the Minsk headquarters of the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), a local advocacy and trade group, and the apartments of two of BAJ’s employees... Police officers confiscated mobile phones, laptops, and money from the homes of BAJ deputy head Barys Haretski and the organization’s lawyer, Aleh Aheyeu...

All from CPJ

Edited to add: News Corp agrees deal with Google over payments for journalism (Guardian)

Google and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp have signed a multi-year partnership that will lead to the search engine paying for journalism from news sites around the world, including the Wall Street Journal, the Times and the Australian...

Ugandan reporters covering rights petition beaten (BBC)

The security forces in Uganda have injured several journalists who were reporting on pop star-turned politician Bobi Wine delivering a petition to the UN highlighting human rights abuses in the country. Eyewitnesses said soldiers arrived in trucks outside the UN Human Rights Office in the capital, Kampala, and started beating the journalists with batons. One journalist tweeted photos from the scene, showing one colleague with blood pouring from a head wound...

feb. 17, 11:11pm

Anonymous Telegram channel publishes financial information of Russian journalist Elena Solovyova (CPJ)

In several posts on February 4 and 10, the anonymous Telegram channel “Komi-Telega,” which has over 6,000 subscribers, published copies of Solovyova’s tax forms for work she did as a reporter for a number of media outlets, including U.S. Congress-funded broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Russian independent news website 7×7, and a copy of her work contract with RFE/RL... The posts called Solovyova, a freelance reporter based in the northwestern city of Syktyvkar in the Russian republic of Komi, a “foreign agent” and “parasite” involved in “dark financial deeds.” On February 13, the account posted that it would publish “more revelations” about the journalist. “Komi-Telega” frequently posts criticism of independent journalists and human rights activists, alleging that they have sold out to the West...

Mexican journalist Edgar Leyva in hiding after shooting attempt (CPJ)

On February 3, in Ocotlán, in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, two unidentified men in a car pulled up to a plot of land where Leyva, his sister, and his aunt were working, and asked for the journalist; when his aunt and sister approached the vehicle, the men opened fire... The journalist’s sister, Rosa Isela Leyva, and his aunt, Bernarda Ramírez, were killed in the attack, but he escaped unharmed, Leyva said. Leyva told CPJ he believed the men were trying to kill him...

feb. 18, 11:08pm

2-year jail sentences for Belarus journalists Katsiaryna Andreyeva and Darya Chultsova (CPJ)

The Frunzensky District Court of Minsk, the capital, convicted Andreyeva, a correspondent for the Poland-based independent broadcaster Belsat TV, and Chultsova, a camera operator for the outlet, of “organizing and preparing actions that grossly violate public order” over their November 15, 2020, reporting on protests calling for the resignation of President Aleksandr Lukashenko... The journalists denied any wrongdoing, and Andreyeva said in a statement to the court that she believed the case was “politically motivated” and “retribution for my professional work”... The journalists were among the at least 10 members of the press detained in Belarus...

Editat: feb. 23, 11:06pm

From today's Guardian:

Sky News Australia is tapping into the global conspiracy set – and it’s paying off

News Corp-owned channel is garnering millions of views across digital platforms with a slew of far-right conspiracies...

Boris Johnson says he feels guilty about his journalism

Boris Johnson quit journalism for politics because he felt guilty about “abusing or attacking people” without putting himself in their shoes...

Man guilty of Daphne Caruana Galizia murder given 15-year sentence

One of three men accused of planting and detonating the car bomb that killed the anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017 has pleaded guilty to the crime and been sentenced to 15 years in prison...

feb. 26, 10:02am

Demonstrators attack 2 RFE/RL journalists at political protest in Armenia (CPJ)

On February 23, in Yerevan, the capital, a group of about 20 protesters harassed and assaulted Khulyan, a reporter with Azatutyun, the Armenian service of U.S. Congress-funded broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and Chilingaryan, a camera operator with the outlet...

feb. 26, 2:12pm

US Intel Report Directly Blames MSB for Approving Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

Crown Prince virtually controls Saudi security operations and no one would dare carry out so brutal a killing without his endorsement. Now that the truth is public, one question begs an answer. What will the Biden Administration do about it in terms of holding the Crown Prince accountable, as per the president's campaign promise?

Read the report here (.pdf).

Editat: feb. 27, 3:21am

New State Dept policy, Khashoggi Ban", is in spirit of Magnitsky Act?

State Department 'Khashoggi Ban' Restricts Visas for Those Who Target Journalists, Activists
Alexandra Hutzler | 2/26/21

The State Department on Friday announced a new policy, the "Khashoggi ban," that will allow the U.S. to impose visa restrictions on individuals who target journalists and dissidents on behalf of foreign governments.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement that the restrictions will focus on individuals who "are believed to have been directly engaged in serious, extraterritorial counter-dissident activities, including those that suppress, harass, surveil, threaten, or harm journalists, activists, or other persons perceived to be dissidents for their work."

...The spokesperson added that the policy "will give us an additional tool to promote a measure of accountability for those who act to harm journalists and perceived dissidents for their work. It will allow us to prevent bad actors from traveling to the United States by revoking and restricting issuance of visas."...


Accountability for the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi
Press Statement
Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State
February 26, 2021 I am announcing the “Khashoggi Ban,” a new visa restriction policy pursuant to section 212(a)(3)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The Khashoggi Ban allows the State Department to impose visa restrictions on individuals who, acting on behalf of a foreign government, are believed to have been directly engaged in serious, extraterritorial counter-dissident activities, including those that suppress, harass, surveil, threaten, or harm journalists, activists, or other persons perceived to be dissidents for their work, or who engage in such activities with respect to the families or other close associates of such persons. Family members of such individuals also may be subject to visa restrictions under this policy, where appropriate.

To start, the U.S. Department of State has taken action pursuant to the Khashoggi Ban to impose visa restrictions on 76 Saudi individuals believed to have been engaged in threatening dissidents overseas, including but not limited to the Khashoggi killing. When identifying individuals for purposes of the Khashoggi Ban, we will also review them for designation under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 2020, as carried forward by the CA Act of 2021, which authorizes the denial of visas to them and their immediate family members as well as their public identification.

As a matter of safety for all within our borders, perpetrators targeting perceived dissidents on behalf of any foreign government should not be permitted to reach American soil.

I also have directed that the State Department fully report on any such extraterritorial activities by any government in our annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. The United States will continue to shine a light on any government that targets individuals, either domestically or extraterritorially, merely for exercising their human rights and fundamental freedoms.

While the United States remains invested in its relationship with Saudi Arabia, President Biden has made clear that partnership must reflect U.S. values. To that end, we have made absolutely clear that extraterritorial threats and assaults by Saudi Arabia against activists, dissidents, and journalists must end. They will not be tolerated by the United States.

feb. 28, 12:01am

BBC’s Sonja McLaughlan reveals online abuse over Owen Farrell interview (Guardian)

Sonja McLaughlan, the BBC rugby reporter, was the target of online abuse following the live broadcast of England’s 40-24 Six Nations defeat to Wales in Cardiff. McLaughlan’s robust questioning of England captain Owen Farrell and head coach Eddie Jones in the immediate aftermath led to a sustained series of insults directed at her account, tagged so that she would see them...

Editat: Avui, 12:02am

Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: BBC reporter Girmay Gebru detained by military (BBC)

The BBC reporter in Ethiopia's conflict-hit region of Tigray has been detained by the military. Witnesses say Girmay Gebru, who works for BBC Tigrinya, was taken along with four other people from a café in the regional capital, Mekelle. Mr Girmay is reported to have been taken to a military camp in Mekelle...

Guardian and Observer gain 33 National Press Awards nominations (Guardian)

The Guardian and the Observer have gained 33 nominations for the National Press Awards, with shortlist places for reporters, feature writers and commentators from across the two publications...