Journalists in Afghanistan sign code of conduct, U.K. reporter threatened with anti-terrorism charges

Here’s today’s MediaWireWorld roundup of journalism news from outside the U.S. Send tips to Kristen Hare: khare@poynter.org

1. British reporter with phone threatened with terrorism arrest: Alex Evans, a reporter with the Sheffield Star in the United Kingdom, had to erase video footage he filmed of a protest and was told he could be arrested thanks to anti-terrorism laws, Helen Pidd reported Tuesday in The Guardian.

Evans claims he was ordered to erase footage he’d recorded on his phone because he did not have permission to film on private property inside Sheffield station. When he initially resisted the request and continued to film, he says he was told he could be arrested under terror laws.

2. Journalists in Afghanistan propose a code of conduct: On Tuesday, journalists and major news organizations signed a “Code of Good Conduct,” according to Reporters Without Borders.

The code’s 11 articles call for ethical coverage of events without inciting hatred, especially during news broadcasts. The code urges journalists to be professional while moderating debates and interviews, and recommends not interviewing those who encourage hatred towards religious and ethnic communities. It also urges journalists to do serious investigative reporting, to inform the public about any irregularities or fraud, and to press the authorities and election officials for explanations.

3. Journalists to follow in the Middle East: Ellyn Angelotti’s recap of her trip to the Al-Jazeera Forum lead Poynter’s homepage today, and it offers some real perspective on the very different pressures journalists face in the Middle East. Angelotti also offers a list of journalists to follow in the region.

4. Threats to journalists: On Saturday, Somali journalist Yusuf Keynan was killed when a bomb under the seat of his car exploded, according to a report Monday from Reporters Without Borders.

5. Even if it’s not about soccer…:It’s still about soccer. Here’s the front page from Apple Daily – Taiwan edition, from Taipei, Taiwan, courtesy Newseum.

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  • Egg Man

    To explain the Apple Daily front page above re soccer, I am in Taiwan reading that paper every day, those three players are politicians from different parties competing in upcoming fall elections for Taipei County Mayor. And the guy in blue, Eric Chu, seems set to win.