On Friday, armed pro-Ukrainian forces in masks reportedly detained and deported two journalists from LifeNews, a Kremlin-aligned Russian television station. The journalists, Yulia Shustraya and Mikhail Pudovkin, were seized from their residence in Donetsk and driven to the Russian border, according to their colleagues.
Media around the world zoomed in on Rome Sunday as Pope Francis canonized Popes John Paul II and John XXIII. Photographers with the Associated Press shot images there and in other places that celebrated along.
On Saturday, The Economist published a story about “The silencing of the liberals” in Pakistan with the shooting of Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir.
The attempt to kill Mr Mir, who survived the assault, came three weeks after a similar attack in Lahore on the car of Raza Rumi, a print and television journalist known for his liberal views. More than a dozen other media personalities have been warned their names are on a kill list. Less well-known journalists die all the time: more than 50 have been killed since 2001.
According to The Economist, Mir recently criticized the Pakistan’s security forces. His family believes the military’s spy forces are responsible for the shooting.
Most journalists in Pakistan instinctively treat discussion of the army and militancy with great caution. Najam Sethi, the country’s most high-profile liberal commentator (and a former contributor to this newspaper), has taken to travelling in an armoured vehicle. In recent weeks at least two outspoken journalists, including Mr Rumi, have fled abroad for safety. There are now barely a handful of journalists prepared to challenge publicly the ideas of the radical religious right.
This Sunday front page (courtesy the Newseum) comes from Kurier, in Vienna, Austria, where apparently the trend of photos of the making of selfies has spread.