Editor's note: In a follow-up report published on April 19, 2012, CPJ found questions about the journalistic credentials of the deceased.
New York, March 27, 2012--Syrian security forces shot and killed two freelance international journalists and wounded a third during an attack on Monday in the town
of Darkoush near the Turkish border, according to news reports and a witness
interviewed by CPJ.
China media analysts are looking to two significant events
to shape coverage this month: The anniversary of a failed uprising in Tibet,
and the annual meetings of China's top political bodies, the National People's
Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing.
Journalists at work in both areas attracted coverage of their own today--but from
vastly different angles.
London's Metropolitan Police this week dropped their attempt to leverage the Official Secrets Act to force The Guardian to reveal confidential
sources for stories about the phone-hacking scandal that has gripped the UK's
political and media world. The Met's reversal is welcome, but its unprecedented
attempt to invoke espionage laws to force a newspaper to reveal confidential sources
has itself set a damaging precedent, suggesting that journalists are state enemies
for obtaining sensitive information from government officials.
About 35 international journalists remained holed up in Tripoli's Rixos Hotel today, unable to leave the location, according to news reports. New video from The Guardian, above, shows reporters and photojournalists inside the hotel. BBC correspondent Matthew Price said conditions "deteriorated massively" overnight as forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi patrolled the corridors.
UPDATE: Journalists in the Rixos Hotel have been allowed to leave, according to news accounts. CNN's Matthew Chance said the journalists negotiated with armed guards to win their release. The journalists left this afternoon local time in cars provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
advisories sent out by the International News Safety Institute on Tuesday said
it all: "Bring a mobile phone with emergency numbers pre-set for speed dialling;
bring eye protection such as swimming goggles; carry first-aid kits and know
how to use them; wear loose, natural-fabric clothing as it will not burn as
readily as synthetics; and remember there is always the possibility of gasoline
bombs being detonated."
New York, June 20,
Kiani, a Pakistani journalist who was assaulted Saturday night by men in police
uniforms, told the Committee to Protect Journalists that he fears for his
safety and the safety of his wife and two young children. The attack came five
days after Kiani, 32, had written a story the U.K. Guardian newspaper about
being abducted and tortured in 2008.
New York, June 1, 2011--Authorities in the Inner
Mongolian Autonomous Region must allow journalists to report on protests that
have been ongoing for more than a week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said
CPJ has documented more than 80 attacks on the press since political unrest erupted in Libya last month. They include five fatalities, at least three serious injuries, at least 50 detentions, 11 assaults, two attacks on
news facilities, the jamming of Al-Jazeera and Al-Hurra transmissions, at least
four instances of obstruction, the expulsion of two international journalists, and the interruption of Internet service. At least six local journalists are missing amid speculation they are in the custody of security forces. One international journalist and two media support workers are also unaccounted for. Here's a running list of all attacks on journalists and the media in Libya since February 16:
New York, March 11, 2011--The Committee to Protect
Journalists calls for the immediate release of Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, left, a
correspondent for London's Guardian newspaper whom Libyan officials now
acknowledge holding in detention. CPJ also demands that authorities halt ongoing
obstruction and intimidation of journalists. A number of foreign journalists invited
to cover events in the capital were prevented today from reporting on
anti-government protesters in a Tripoli neighborhood, according to news reports.
New York, March 10, 2011--Atleast seven journalists
covering the conflict in Libya are unaccounted for, according to research by
the Committee to Protect Journalists, which expressed deep concern today about
their well-being. The most recent to go missing is Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, a
correspondent for London's Guardian newspaper, whose disappearance was