Reporting War

The international NGO that works for freedom of the press, Reporters Without Borders, launched a campaign this week to raise public awareness of how journalists risk their lives to bring us news about armed conflict. As part of the campaign, the organization has released a video contrasting photographs taken by war reporters, and the portrayals of… Continue reading

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Afghan Journalists at Risk

The independent Afghan media organization Nai says that at least seven political analysts, all of them critical of Pakistan and Taliban militants, have been targeted in the past month. During the siege of the city of Kunduz in October, the Talaban declared two national broadcasters to be legitimate military targets, after they reported sexual abuse… Continue reading

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110 journalists died to keep us informed in 2015

Reporters without Borders have published the figures for journalists targetted in the line of duty this past year: no fewer than 110 were killed in 2015, bringing the total for the past decade to 787. Producing the annual round-up of acts of violence against journalists has been a key aspect of the organization’s work for… Continue reading

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US folksinger deemed threat to national security

Under the US Freedom of Information Act, a massive file on folksinger Pete Seeger has been released to the Mother Jones news website. It documents that the FBI spied on the composer of such classic songs as ‘Where Have All the Flowers Gone?’ for over two decades. The campaigning musician first caught the attention of … Continue reading

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The Oxygen of Publicity?

In an oft-cited speech given in 1985, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher argued that newspapers and television helped terrorism thrive because terrorist acts make compelling viewing. ‘The hijacker and the terrorist thrive on publicity’, she said. ‘They see how acts of violence and horror dominate the newspaper columns and television screens of the free… Continue reading

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