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Dangerous Assignments


The Disappeared

A CPJ special report: Reporters are vanishing in Mexico. Who can be trusted to investigate?
Mexico's criminal gangs have a long history of silencing the press by brazenly gunning down reporters in broad daylight. But in a new report, "The Disappeared," CPJ details an ominous new trend: Seven Mexican reporters have vanished in just three years, a tally nearly unprecedented worldwide. CPJ examines the possible involvement of local police and public officials in this rash of disappearances.
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- Map: A Trail of Disappearances
Esperanza Mota holds a gradutation photo of her son, reporter Alfredo Jiménez Mota, who vanished in 2005.

Faces of Exile

Since 2001, CPJ has documented the cases of 340 journalists forced into exile after their reporting exposed them to harassment, violence, or imprisonment. They face many difficulties in their new homes, from language and cultural adjustments to emotional and economic hardships. Here are five snapshots of journalists in exile.

Into the Ether

The world watched in horror when Paul Klebnikov was gunned down in Russia. Much was done to solve the case. Then it all came unraveled in a Moscow court.

The Witness

The writer spent months trying to find a colleague secretly jailed in the Gambia. Then he took the witness stand.

Malaysia's Risk-Takers

The government's promise not to censor the Internet has allowed bloggers more latitude than journalists working in other media. Now, with a leading blogger jailed, that freedom is in jeopardy.
After Jehad Ali's leg was shattered by assailants in Iraq, colleagues raised money, and surgeons in California offered help. Now, Ali has cleared another big hurdle: He's gained permission to enter the United States.

The Disappeared in Mexico

In Mexico, seven reporters have vanished in three years. Many had investigated links between public officials and drug traffickers. Are the crime groups changing tactics, or is a new type of perpetrator at work?
Tunisia wants you to believe it is a progressive nation that protects human rights. It is, in fact, a police state that aggressively silences anyone who challenges President Ben Ali.
In Azerbaijan, an editor is jailed after investigating the unsolved murder of a colleague. The case has opened a window into widespread abuses in this tightly controlled nation on the Caspian Sea.

Burma's Firewall Fighters

Burma's military junta imposed tighter internet restrictions after the Saffron Revolution. But news continues to flow thanks to the exile-run media and their resilient undercover reporters.

The Other Iraq

Iraqi Kurdish political leaders have cultivated an image of freedom and tolerance, but that increasingly clashes with reality. As the independent press has grown more assertive, attacks and arrests have increased.