Posts on MediaWire tend to focus on what’s happening with journalists in the U.S., but every day I see headlines about what’s happening with journalists around the world. That news is often disturbing, sometimes encouraging and, if it involves Rob Ford, probably kind of funny. Today I’m starting a daily post of links with news about journalists and journalism outside the U.S. If you come across something I’ve missed, please pass it along to me through Twitter, @kristenhare, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday, Mohamed Lotfy reported in The Guardian that Australian journalist Peter Greste goes back on trial in Cairo today. Greste and two of his Al Jazeera colleagues, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, face terrorism charges. According to The Guardian, Lotfy is observing the trial on behalf of Amnesty International. He wrote:
The continued detention of Greste sends a message to all journalists working in Egypt: “no one is safe”. By imprisoning a foreign Australian journalist, the Egyptian authorities can warn local and international reporters they will be monitoring news reporting and will stifle anything they perceive as dissent.
On Sunday, Committee to Protect Journalists reported that Geo News senior anchor Hamid Mir was shot.
Mir is reported to be in serious condition with wounds to his abdomen and pelvis, but is expected to survive. On March 28, gunmen sprayed the car of TV anchor and analyst Raza Rumi, a member of the Express Group of media organizations. He escaped serious injury, but his driver, Mustafa, was killed. Earlier in March, Sharif pledged to a visiting CPJ delegation to take several steps to improve journalist security.
Not sure if this is the making of a Bulgarian selfie or if the people pictured are taking a photo of the object in front of them (I think it’s the latter.) Still, this is a nice image on the front of DUMA, from Sofia, Bulgaria.