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Alerts   |   Syria

Family of seized U.S. reporter seeks his release in Syria

New York, January 2, 2013--The family of U.S. freelance journalist James Foley today publicized the reporter's abduction in Syria on November 22. The family, which had previously asked that the kidnapping not be disclosed, launched a public campaign to seek his release. 

January 2, 2013 2:36 PM ET


Blog   |   Libya, South Africa, USA

Audio slideshow: Supporting family of Anton Hammerl

Freelance photographer Anton Hammerl was killed in Libya on April 5, 2011. Friends of Hammerl are holding an auction May 15 to raise funds for his three children. James Foley elaborates.

May 14, 2012 5:05 PM ET



CPJ Impact

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, April 2012

CPJ launches Journalist Security Guide

CPJ launched the Journalist Security Guide recently, which provides reporters with concrete steps to minimize the dangers of digital and physical reporting. In the guide, Danny O'Brien, CPJ's Internet advocacy coordinator, and Frank Smyth, CPJ's senior security consultant, discuss the threats facing journalists and outline the relevant steps journalists should take in considering their safety.

The guide, which was created in consultation with prominent journalists such as Sebastian Junger, Umar Cheema, and Carolyn Cole, includes six videos and also features guidelines on protecting digital information, preparing for armed conflict, covering organized crime, and mitigating the risk of sexual violence.

To continuously present journalists with up-to-date security information, CPJ is also launching the Journalist Security Blog, a platform that features posts by CPJ and guest bloggers on safer mobile use, first-aid training courses, and new ways to ensure journalist safety. 

The Journalist Security Guide is available online in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish. It can also be downloaded in e-reader, iBook, and pdf formats.  

April 26, 2012 10:47 AM ET

Blog   |   Egypt, Libya, Security, Syria, UK, USA

To quote Marie Colvin: 'What is bravery, and what bravado?'

Not since the worst period of the Iraq war, or in the Balkans the decade before, have so many storied journalists been killed or seriously injured in such a short period of time. Inevitably, the spate of deaths leaves many journalists asking questions about whether and how much they are willing to risk their own lives, and possibly the lives of others. Many experienced journalists might agree on one thing: the decisions one makes about risk are among the most intimate decisions they will ever make.

  |   Afrique, Afrique du Sud, Attaques contre la presse

Attaques contre la presse en 2011: L'Afrique du Sud

Le Congrès national africain, le parti au pouvoir a intensifié son contrôle sur les médias qui sont engagés dans des enquêtes sur son bilan en matière de pauvreté, de criminalité et de corruption, et qui ont soulevé des craintes au sujet de la durabilité des réformes démocratiques post-apartheid. En juin, le gouvernement a annoncé une nouvelle politique visant à utiliser le budget publicitaire de l'État pour récompenser les médias qui lui sont favorables. Les membres de mouvement des jeunes de l'ANC ont tenté d'intimider les médias qui ont enquêté sur les comportements prodigues et les affaires de son bouillant ex-leader, Julius Malema. Des jeunes ont agressé des journalistes couvrant l'apparition de Julius Malema lors d'une rencontre convoquée par son parti pour discuter de ses déclarations radicales. Le président Jacob Zuma, qui s'est rendu à deux reprises en Libye pour soutenir Mouammar Kadhafi, a été critiqué pour n'avoir pas tenu les autorités libyennes responsables dans l'affaire Anton Hammerl. En effet, les forces loyalistes à Kadhafi ont tué le photojournaliste sud-africain en avril, mais les responsables libyens ont dissimulé les informations sur la mort de M. Hammerl pendant plusieurs semaines. En octobre, des responsables sud-africains ont reconnu que la police avait exploité des conversations téléphoniques des journalistes Mwazili wa Afrika et Stephan Hofstätter. Les deux reporters ont fait face à des menaces et des intimidations suite à une enquête qu'ils ont menée en 2010 sur la corruption au sein de la police. L'ANC a annoncé plusieurs mesures restrictives, y compris un projet de loi qui permettrait aux fonctionnaires de classer pratiquement tout élément d'information du gouvernement au nom de « l'intérêt supérieur de la nation». L'Assemblée nationale a approuvé le projet de loi en novembre, et l'a soumis aux Conseils provinciaux pour approbation en fin d'année.

21 février 2012 4h55 ET

Attacks on the Press   |   South Africa

Attacks on the Press in 2011: South Africa

The ruling African National Congress bridled at news media scrutiny of its record on poverty, crime, and corruption, which raised concerns about the durability of post-apartheid democratic reforms. In June, the government announced a new policy to use state advertising expenditures to reward supportive media outlets. Members of the ANC's youth wing tried to intimidate media outlets that examined the affluent lifestyle and private business dealings of its fiery former leader, Julius Malema. Youth members assaulted journalists covering Malema's appearance at a party hearing convened to discuss his hard-line statements. President Jacob Zuma, who traveled to Libya twice in support of Muammar Qaddafi, was criticized for failing to hold Libyan officials accountable in the case of Anton Hammerl. Loyalist forces killed the South African photojournalist in April, but Libyan officials withheld information about Hammerl's death for many weeks. In October, South African officials acknowledged that police had tapped the phone conversations of journalists Mwazili Wa Afrika and Stephan Hofstatter. The two faced persistent threats and intimidation related to a 2010 story on police corruption. The ANC pushed several restrictive legislative measures, including a bill that would allow officials to classify virtually any piece of government information in the name of "national interest." The National Assembly approved the bill in November, sending it to the National Council of Provinces for consideration in late year.

February 21, 2012 12:34 AM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   Libya

Attacks on the Press in 2011: Libya

Journalists worked in extraordinarily dangerous conditions during the eight-month uprising that ended 42 years of rule by Muammar Qaddafi and led to his death. Five journalists were killed amid fierce fighting between rebels and loyalists. Qaddafi's regime unleashed a widespread campaign to silence foreign and local journalists, detaining dozens in abusive conditions. In February, Qaddafi invited reporters to the capital, Tripoli, only to restrict them to the Rixos Hotel, monitor their every move, and prevent them from reporting on anything other than the government line. In their efforts to block news coverage, authorities also jammed satellite signals, severed Internet service, cut off mobile phone networks and landlines, and attacked news facilities. While the crumbling regime was able to orchestrate coverage for a time in Tripoli, it failed to prevent the press from disseminating information about rebel advances in the rest of the country. Press freedom violations persisted after the Libyan rebel government, known as the National Transitional Council, or NTC, took power in August. One journalist was brutally assaulted in Benghazi that month, and the NTC placed one pro-Qaddafi journalist under house arrest.

February 21, 2012 12:06 AM ET

Blog   |   UK

Family, friends celebrate life of journalist killed in Libya


Photojournalist Anton Hammerl's body has not been returned to his family five months after his death on assignment in Libya, but his family and friends celebrated his remarkable life and career at a memorial service Thursday at St. Bride's Church in London.

Hammerl, 41, was shot and killed by government forces near Brega in eastern Libya on April 5. Libyan authorities refused to disclose the killing--and, in fact, disseminated misleading information. It was only when three international journalists captured in the same attack were released a month and a half later that Hammerl's fate was known.

September 9, 2011 9:56 AM ET



CPJ Impact

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, May 2011

CPJ delegation meets with President Asif Ali Zardari (APP)
Pakistan pledges justice

Pakistan's president committed to pursue justice for journalists killed in the line of duty, pledging to take steps to reverse the country's rising record of impunity. A delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists, headed by outgoing Chairman Paul Steiger, met with President Asif Ali Zardari on World Press Freedom Day. The CPJ group urged him to ensure that journalists are free to report on sensitive issues. The president's commitment will be monitored by CPJ and national press freedom groups.

May 26, 2011 2:27 PM ET

Alerts   |   Libya, South Africa

Libya: Release body of South African photojournalist


New York, May 20, 2011--The Libyan government should immediately release the body of South African photographer Anton Hammerl, at left, and investigate the role of the armed forces in his death, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. 

Hammerl, 41, was shot and killed by government forces near Brega in eastern Libya on April 5. Three journalists traveling with him were detained by Libyan authorities until May 18 and announced Hammerl's death after their release.

May 20, 2011 5:45 PM ET

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