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Police praise TV assignment editor for helping rescue hostages

Cobb County, Georgia police praised WSB TV Assignment Editor Stephanie Steiger for helping them rescue two hostages in a bank Friday. Brian Easley, who said he was a former Marine, called Atlanta's WSB TV and told Steiger, “I have a bomb and I’m holding people hostage.” For 45 minutes, Steiger listened to Easley's complaints about the Department of Veterans … Read More
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New reporting raises questions about killing of NPR journalists

An investigation into the killing of NPR photographer David Gilkey and interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna last year has revealed flaws in the original story put forth by Afghan officials. New reporting indicates that the attack on an Afghan army unit containing NPR journalists was a pre-planned ambush rather than the random strike that had been previously reported, according to a … Read More
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Republican congressman Greg Gianforte is sorry he bodyslammed Guardian reporter

Greg Gianforte, the newly elected Republican congressman from Montana, has issued an apology to Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs for bodyslamming him on the eve of the election. He's opening his checkbook, too. The 200-word letter discloses that Gianforte is making a $50,000 donation to the Committee to Protect Journalists "in the hope that perhaps some good can come of these … Read More
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BBC driver among those killed in Kabul attack

Mohammed Nazir, a 39-year-old driver working for the BBC, was among those killed in a blast that tore through Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul Wednesday morning. Nazir, a married father of four, was driving his colleagues to work when the blast hit Kabul's diplomatic district. Four BBC journalists were injured and are being treated in the hospital, according to Quentin … Read More
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Congressional candidate Greg Gianforte accused of 'body slamming' reporter

Greg Gianforte, the Republican nominee in the race for Montana's lone House seat in Thursday's special election, roughed up and shouted at a Guardian U.S. reporter, according to audio of the incident. Ben Jacobs, a political reporter at Guardian U.S., was at a campaign event in Bozeman, Montana when the incident occurred. On a recording posted Wednesday night by … Read More
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In a private meeting, President Trump allegedly urged Comey to imprison journalists

President Trump asked former FBI Director Jim Comey to lock up journalists for publishing classified information during a February Oval Office meeting, according to a memo written by Comey shortly after the meeting summarized Tuesday by The New York Times. Trump urged Comey to imprison journalists at the beginning of an exchange during which he also asked the former … Read More
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Journalists fight back against massive phishing attack

Don't open that email. Journalists and others on Wednesday were ensnared in what appears to be a widespread phishing attack from the address "hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh@mailinator.com," while others took to Twitter to warn others: icymi: Someone Is Spreading a Massive Google Doc Phishing Email Right Now https://t.co/Y2HVIKejlp via @lorenzofb — Carl Franzen (@carlfranzen) May 3, … Read More
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New report from Index on Censorship paints a bleak picture for U.S. press freedom

The press freedom situation in the United States is worsening not only because of President Trump's anti-press rhetoric but because of a constellation of factors including arrests, detainment, lawsuits, physical violence and outright censorship, according to a new report. The report, released by the London-based Index on Censorship this week, chronicles the recent threats to journalist safety and freedom … Read More
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Report: New censorship tactics combine the worst old practices and the newest technology

Old-school censorship and repressive government tactics have combined with technology and social media to create a new and troubling press freedom climate for journalists around the world, according to a new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists. That combination has resulted in more killings and arrests of journalists than CPJ has ever documented, according to the report. At … Read More
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U.S. Press Freedom Tracker will keep tabs on the safety of journalists in America

A coalition of advocacy organizations including the Freedom of the Press Foundation, the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Index on Censorship have settled on a name for their forthcoming press freedom website, and a journalist to lead it. Peter Sterne, who has covered digital and print media for Politico since 2014, will spearhead U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a … Read More
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Press freedom organizations are teaming up to start a news site

In the early days of his presidency, Donald Trump has called journalists the "enemy of the American people" (twice), assailed unflattering reporting as "fake news" and brought aboard a press secretary who's shut news organizations out of a briefing. It's behavior that has press freedom organizations across the United States worried. So, they're working together to … Read More
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CPJ's Joel Simon on the press freedom crisis in the United States

During the campaign and since becoming president, Donald Trump has regularly undermined journalism's role in healthy democracies. So says Joel Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, whose organization is gearing up to take on what he calls "a crisis" for press freedom in the United States. Statements that call legitimate journalism "fake news" and attack … Read More
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Persecuted at home, two journalists are bedeviling Turkish authorities from afar

The Turkish government is trying to shut down two journalists who left the country to publish their work. But they're not giving up without a fight. Last week, journalists Can Dündar and Hayko Bağdat launched a website called Özgürüz that aims to publish independent journalism about Turkey from the relative safety of Germany. It’s a kind of pirate radio … Read More
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Washington Post reporter knocked to the ground during protests

Washington Post reporter Dalton Bennett thrown to the ground by riot police. pic.twitter.com/4I442QhEqM — Alex Emmons (@AlexanderEmmons) January 20, 2017 Dalton Bennett, a political video reporter at The Washington Post, was thrown to the ground by police today while covering the protests against President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C. According to reporter Alex … Read More
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Covering the inauguration: A resource guide

Several advocacy organizations are making tips, hotlines and resources available to journalists to help protect them while covering Donald Trump's inauguration this week. Below, you'll find them gathered them here in one place, separated by topic. Related training: Access denied: Your rights when government shuts media out Know your rights As it did during coverage of Ferguson, the National … Read More
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