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1,000 deaths: Journalists who gave their lives

When Mick Deane was killed in Egypt on Wednesday, he became the 1,000th journalist documented by CPJ as having died in direct relation to his work. The photos above, a sampling of those who have died over the past 21 years, serve as a powerful reminder of the cost of critical, independent journalism.

Attacks on the Press   |   Myanmar

Attacks on the Press 2009: Burma

Top Developments
• Some political prisoners freed, but eight journalists still held.
• Government censors all print publications, controls broadcasters.

Key Statistic
1st: Ranking on CPJ's Worst Countries to Be a Blogger.

Throughout the year, Burma's ruling junta emphasized its plans to move toward multiparty democracy after decades of military rule, a long-promised transition that dissidents and others viewed as a sham to further consolidate the military's power. As the country geared up for general elections in 2010--the first since the military annulled the 1990 elections, which were won overwhelmingly by the political opposition--authorities maintained strict censorship over the local news media and held at least nine journalists behind bars.

February 16, 2010 12:45 AM ET

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CPJ has a detailed security guide that covers a wide variety of safety practices for journalists. The guide includes information on:

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  • CPJ's Security Guide is available in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Turkish.

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    CPJ also works closely with press freedom and human rights groups, universities, and other organizations to assist journalists in need. We encourage you to explore the resources available from these organizations. (We've included contact information for a number of awards and fellowships. Please note that CPJ does not administer these programs.)

  • Article 19: Named after Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the organization works worldwide to combat censorship, promote freedom of expression, and improve access to official information.
  • Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE): This is a Canadian nongovernmental organization supported by Canadian journalists and advocates of free expression.
  • Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma: The Dart Center provides journalists around the world with the resources necessary to provide informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy.
  • Free Press Unlimited: By supporting local media professionals and journalists in more than 40 countries worldwide, Free Press Unlimited works to ensure that reliable news and information are and remain available to people across the globe.
  • Front Line: Front Line is the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders. It was founded in Dublin in 2001 with the aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk.
  • Human Rights Watch: One of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.
  • Inter American Press Association (IAPA): This is a nonprofit organization devoted to defending freedom of speech and freedom of the press in the Americas.
  • International Federation of Journalists (IFJ): The IFJ promotes international action to defend press freedom and social justice through strong, free, and independent trade unions of journalists.
  • International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX): This is a clearinghouse for accurate and up-to-date information on freedom of expression issues and abuses worldwide.
  • International Media Support (IMS): Contributes to peace, stability, and the development of democracy in conflict areas.
  • International Press Institute (IPI): This is a global network of editors, media executives, and leading journalists dedicated to freedom of the press and improving the standards and practices of journalism.
  • International PEN: Through reading and writing, PEN engages and empowers communities across cultures and languages.
  • Journalisten helfen Journalisten (Journalists Helping Journalists):This nongovernmental organization supports journalists and their families under threat from governments, civil war, or any other politically or religiously motivated violence.
  • Media Legal Defence Initiative: This is a non-governmental organization that works in all regions of the world to provide legal support to journalists and media outlets.
  • Reporters Without Borders (RSF): Reporters Without Borders documents press freedom abuses and advocates on behalf of journalists worldwide.
  • The Rory Peck Trust: The organization gives direct, practical support to freelancers. It promotes good practices on behalf of freelancers, supports their right to work safely, and provides them with assistance.
  • Scholars at Risk Network: This international network of universities and colleges defends scholars from attacks based on their words, ideas, and place in society.
  • World Press Freedom Committee: The committee fights against press freedom abuses such as the licensing of journalists, and the imposition of mandatory codes of conduct.
  • World Association of Newspapers (WAN): The World Association of Newspapers represents 72 national newspaper associations, 13 international news agencies, nine regional press organizations, and individual newspaper executives in 100 nations.
  • Fellowships

    Knight Digital Media Center
    Competitive fellowships provide training for digital media journalists at all levels, from the traditional journalist making the transition to digital media to the digital media journalist seeking to improve her thinking and skills.

    Contact:
    Vikki Porter, Director
    USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
    727 W. 27th Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90007
    Phone:
    213.821.0071
    Fax:
    213.743.4548
    E-mail:
    [email protected]
    Web site:
    http://www.KnightDigitalMediaCenter.org

    Dart Center Ochberg Fellowships
    The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
    The Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma recognize exemplary journalism on the impact of violence, crime, disaster and other traumatic events on individuals, families or communities, focusing on the experience of victims and survivors, and contributing to public understanding of trauma-related issues.  Award categories encompass the full spectrum of news media and include: newspaper, radio, television, online-only news publications, web-based productions, independent productions, magazines and magazine websites.

    The competition is open to all North American news media outlets.

    Application information: http://dartcenter.org/dart-award-guidelines

    Contact:
    Kate Black
    Graduate School of Journalism
    Columbia University
    2950 Broadway, Room 303
    New York, NY 10027
    Phone:
    212.851.1392
    E-mail:
    [email protected]
    Web site:
    www.dartcenter.org

    Awards

    The Michael Kelly Award
    Atlantic Media Company
    The Michael Kelly Award honors a writer or editor whose work exemplifies a quality that animated Kelly's own career: the fearless pursuit and expression of the truth.

    Contact:
    Charles Green
    Michael Kelly Award
    The Watergate
    600 New Hampshire Avenue
    NW Washington, DC 20037
    Phone:
    202.739.8417
    E-mail:
    [email protected]
    Web site:
    http://kellyaward.com

    Maria Moors Cabot Prize
    Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
    The Cabot Prizes recognize distinguished journalism that enhances understanding among peoples of the Western Hemisphere. The prizes are awarded each fall to three or four journalists in the Western Hemisphere.

    Contact:
    Lisa Redd
    Program Manager
    Maria Moors Cabot Prize
    Graduate School of Journalism
    Columbia University
    2950 Broadway MC 3800
    New York, NY 10027-7004
    Phone:
    212.854.6468
    Fax:
    212.851.7701
    E-mail:
    [email protected]
    Website:
    www.journalism.columbia.edu/page/167-the-maria-moors-cabot-prize/168cabotprizes

    The Chancellor Award
    Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
    A recipient is selected each year by a panel of print and broadcast journalists who look across the media landscape to identify a reporter who may not be widely known by the public, but who is highly respected within the profession.

    Contact:
    Abi Wright, Director
    Beth Canipe, Assistant
    Graduate School of Journalism
    Columbia University
    2950 Broadway MC3805
    New York, NY 10027
    Phone:
    212.854.5047
    Fax:
    212.854.3148
    E-mail:
    [email protected]
    Website:
    http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/chancellor

    Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards
    Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
    The awards are regarded as the most prestigious prizes in broadcast news, the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes.

    Contact:
    Abi Wright, Director
    Beth Canipe, Assistant
    Graduate School of Journalism
    Columbia University
    2950 Broadway MC3805
    New York, NY 10027
    Phone:
    212.854.5047
    Fax:
    212.854.3148
    E-mail:
    [email protected]
    Website:
    http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/dupont

    The Goldsmith Awards
    Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy
    The awards promote insightful, spirited public debate about government, politics, and the press. The program offers an investigative reporting prize and two book prizes.

    Contact:
    Edith Holway
    Shorenstein Center
    Kennedy School of Government
    Box 113
    79 JFK Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138
    Phone:
    617.495.8269
    Fax:
    617.495.8696
    Email:
    [email protected]
    Web site:
    http://www.hks.harvard.edu/presspol/

    The Institute on Political Journalism
    Mollenhoff Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting
    Excellence in Economic Reporting Award
    Theses award recognize top investigative and economic reporting.

    Contact:
    Joe Starrs
    1706 New Hampshire Ave. NW
    Washington, DC 20009
    Phone:
    202.986.0384
    Fax:
    202.986.0390
    Email:
    [email protected]

    University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication
    Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism
    The awards recognize journalists who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to ethical conduct, even when faced with economic, personal, or political pressure.

    Contact:
    Zanne Miller
    University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication
    Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism
    1275 University of Oregon
    Eugene, OR 97403-1275
    Phone:
    541.434.7038
    Fax:
    541.346.0682
    E-mail:
    [email protected]
    Web site:
    http://payneawards.uoregon.edu


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    Alerts   |   Myanmar

    Burmese government jails another DVB journalist

    New York, February 1, 2010The Burmese government should cease its campaign of intimidation and harassment against the Norway-based Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), an exile-run television news provider, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

    Dangerous Assignments   |   Mexico

    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? 

    Afghanistan, Iraq, Mexico, Russia

    CPJ Update

    CPJ Update
    July 2007
    News from the Committee to Protect Journalists


    July 1, 2007 12:00 AM ET

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    Afghanistan, Iraq, Mexico, Russia

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    June 1, 2007 12:00 AM ET

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    Alerts   |   Somalia

    CPJ condemns brutal murder of Swedish photographer

    New York, June 23, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply shocked by the killing of award-winning Swedish journalist and photographer Martin Adler, who was shot by an unidentified gunman while filming a demonstration in the Somali capital Mogadishu today. Adler, a long-time contributor to Britain’s Channel 4 News, was freelancing for several newspapers including the Swedish daily Aftonbladet.

    Somalia

    Martin Adler

    APAdler, 47, an award-winning Swedish journalist and photographer, was shot by an unidentified gunman while filming a demonstration in the Somali capital. He was a longtime contributor to Britain's Channel 4 News. At the time of death, he was freelancing for several newspapers including the Swedish daily Aftonbladet.

    An Associated Press reporter who witnessed the murder said the gunman came up from behind Adler and shot him in the back at close range before disappearing into the crowd. Adler died instantly. He was covering a demonstration organized by the Islamic Courts Union, which seized control of Mogadishu on June 5 from warlords backed by the United States. Several reports said he was filming demonstrators burning U.S. and Ethiopian flags. The National Union of Somali Journalists reported that Adler was standing in the crowd, not in the heavily guarded area where many other journalists and Islamic courts leaders were standing.

    The rally, attended by thousands, was in support of a peace agreement reached June 22 in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, between the Islamic courts and Somalia's transitional government. Demonstrators also protested against suggestions that foreign peacekeepers be sent to Somalia, according to the BBC. Anti-foreigner sentiment had been stoked by reports that some warlords had gotten CIA financing to help capture suspected al-Qaeda members in Somalia. International journalists had been stoned and harassed while reporting on demonstrations, AP said.

    In a statement, Britain's Independent Television News company called Adler "a long-term friend" who had "contributed outstanding journalism and filmmaking." Adler won many international awards, including the 2001 Amnesty International Media Award, a Silver Prize for investigative journalism at the 2001 New York Film Festival, and the 2004 Rory Peck Award for hard news for a report that that exposed abuses by U.S. troops in Iraq. He had worked in more than two dozen war zones, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Rwanda, Congo, and Sierra Leone.

    Adler was born in Stockholm of Anglo-Swedish parents, according to the Web site of the Rory Peck Trust. He left a wife and two daughters in Sweden.

    BBC correspondent Kate Peyton, one of several foreign reporters who entered the country to cover the peace process in 2005, was shot dead in Mogadishu in January 2005. Six months later, local radio journalist Duniya Muhyadin Nur was shot dead while covering a protest near the capital. Adler was the 14th journalist killed in Somalia since the fall of former dictator Siad Barre in 1991, according to CPJ research. The country has had no effective central government since that time.

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