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#jpod – Dying for the story: Citizen journalism and the Arab spring

March 2nd, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Citizen journalism, Podcast

Much has been written about the tragic deaths of Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin, French photographer Remi Ochlik and other reporters who have died since the Arab uprisings began.

But what about the citizen journalists who have been killed before and since Colvin and Ochlik?

How many people armed with a camera lens or mobile phone to bring the world images from Syria, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere have been killed?

In this podcast technology correspondent Sarah Marshall speaks to Frank Smyth, executive director of private firm Global Journalist Security and part-time senior advisor for journalist security for the Committee to Protect Journalists, about the dangers and the risks being taken by citizen journalists.

The podcast also hears from Haret Alfasi, a Libyan raised in the UK who runs, a site he used to curate and translate citizen journalist reports from Libya; Khalil Ghorbal, co-founder of Le PaCTE Tunisien and one of the project leaders of Speak Out Tunisia, which offers training for citizen journalists in Tunisia; and Omar Hamilton, an activist and filmmaker and co-founder of Egyptian citizen journalist collective Mosireen.

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As first journalist dies in Egypt protests, CPJ compiles list of attacks

An Egyptian photographer has become the first journalist to die covering the anti-Mubarak protests.

Ahmad Mohamed Mahmoud, who worked for Al-Ta’awun, died from gunshot wounds sustained a week ago when he was shot by a sniper.

Journalists face ongoing attacks and detentions in Cairo. The Committee to Protect Journalists has compiled a round-up of the latest attacks on the press.

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AFP: Two journalists murdered in Philippines

The AFP this morning reported that a radio journalist has been shot dead in the northern Philippines, the second killing of a journalist this week.

The press men, killed in separate attacks at opposite ends of the country within the space of 24 hours, were both outspoken radio broadcasters known for their criticism of corrupt local officials.

The AFP reports that 33 journalists were killed in the Philippines last year, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

More than 100 have been killed since President Gloria Arroyo came to power in 2001, according to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.

Full story at this link…

(via @globalfreemedia)

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Committee to Protect Journalists: Three journalists shot and injured in Thai demonstrations

On Friday (14 May) The Committee to Protect Journalists reported that it is concerned about the “deteriorating security situation for reporters in Thailand…”

Three journalists were shot and injured on Friday when security forces and protesters exchanged fire that resulted in at least seven deaths and more than 100 injuries, according to local and international news reports.

Full story at this link…

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CPJ: Three journalists killed in Nigeria

Three Nigerian journalists were killed last weekend, in two separate incidents, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Muslim rioters killed two reporters working with a local Christian newspaper on Saturday, according to local journalists and news reports. Also on Saturday, court reporter Edo Sule Ugbagwu, at left, from the private daily The Nation was shot dead at his home by two gunmen, according to local journalists.

Full story at this link…

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CPJ: A Somali journalist in exile

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has a special report on Ahmed Omar Hashi, a Somali journalist CPJ has helped through its assistance programme.

He’s been threatened and targeted for death. He’ seen his colleagues and friends killed. Now, like other Somali journalists, Hashi struggles in exile and hopes one day he can resume his work.

Full report at this link…

Video report at this link…

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New resource from CPJ on journalists killed in action

October 20th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Press freedom and ethics

(Hat tip to Jon Slattery for this one)

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has produced a sobering page of interactive graphics illustrating the number of journalists killed in action across the world.

Journalists’ deaths are shown by country, by best and in a chart plotting the number of deaths from 1992 to 2009. According to the site, 32 journalists have been killed this year with a motive for their deaths confirmed.

Committee to Protect Journalists website

Each year the CPJ produces a census on jailed journalists.

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CJR: A ‘new threat’ to Middle East journalism – created in the US

A piece by Lawrence Pintak and Yosri Fouda in the Columbia Journalism Review argues that ‘well-meaning’ Western journalism rights groups undermine journalism ‘by defending Arab and Iranian online activists who have been jailed or harassed by the authorities’.

Full story at this link…

The Committee to Protect Journalists responds here.

(via Nigel Barlow)

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CPJ: Journalist trials to begin in Iran; charges of ‘sending pictures to enemy media’

From the Committtee to Protect Journalists: “After more than a month of detention, several journalists may face trial beginning on Saturday on charges of ‘sending pictures to enemy media’.”

In addition, three documentary filmmakers were arrested on Thursday; the total of journalists currently held in Iranian jails is currently 42, the highest  count in the world.

Full story at this link…

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CPJ: Journalists in Exile 2009 – special report

Karen Phillips reports on the latest research from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ): ‘Journalists in Exile 2009′.

“Sri Lankan journalists flee under severe pressure in the past year. Iraq and Somalia, two deadly countries for the press, also rank high in numbers of journalists forced into exile. Hundreds of journalists have been driven into exile this decade.”


“Nearly 400 journalists have been forced into exile worldwide since 2001, when CPJ began compiling detailed data. Illustrating the extraordinary dangers facing these journalists at home, more than 330 of them remain in exile today.”

Full story at this link…

Full statistics at this link…

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