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Journalist Austin Tice has been missing for over a year. (AP Photo/Family of Austin Tice)

In 2013, 87 journalists were kidnapped around the world

The Daily Star | The Huffington Post | RWB | CPJ

Bunyamin Aygun, a Turkish photographer working in Syria, has been missing for two weeks, according to a report in The Daily Star, a Lebanese publication. Aygun’s newspaper, The Milliyet, said Tuesday they hadn’t heard from him at all in that time, but The Daily Star reports that “some media outlets said he had been kidnapped by Al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria.”

For 2013, 87 journalists have been kidnapped around the world, according to a report Wednesday from Reporters Without Borders. That number marks a 129% rise from the year before.

In November, RWB declared Syria “the world’s most dangerous country for journalists.”Read more

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News organizations ask Syrian rebels to halt journalist kidnappings

The Atlantic | Committee to Protect Journalists

Thirteen news organizations have called on the Syrian opposition to help curtail “a disturbing rise” in kidnappings of journalists that have reduced coverage of the civil war.

In a letter isssued today, the groups said by its count more than 30 journalists are being held. The kidnappings have occurred in the northern provinces of Aleppo, Idlib and al-Raqqa and elsewhere in Syria:

As a result of these kidnappings, a growing number of news organizations no longer feel that it is safe for their reporters and photographers to enter Syria, and many have decided to limit their coverage of the war, unwilling to have their staff members subjected to the increasingly common risk of abduction.

The news organizations signing the letter include Agence France-Presse, The Associated Press, Atlantic Media, BBC News, The Economist, Getty Images, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Reuters, The Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.… Read more

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AP reporter: Search for Mali bodies not how a ‘journalist normally operates’

Rukmini Callimachi was working in a hotel restaurant in Timbuktu when her colleague Baba Ahmed returned from a trip into the desert. “J’ai besoin d’argent pour acheter une pelle,” he told her: I need money to buy a shovel.

It was February, and they had spent most of their trip to the city in northern Mali scouring abandoned government buildings for documents left behind by a vanquished al-Qaida-backed government.

But Ahmed, a native of the area and AP’s Mali correspondent, had gone for a drive while Callimachi typed a draft based on what they’d found. When his car got stuck in the sand, children came to help him, and they pointed to a buried body in a shallow grave nearby.

Callimachi, AP’s West Africa bureau chief, and Ahmed bought a shovel at a local market and headed out to the spot.… Read more

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AP reporter finds bodies in Malian desert

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Associated Press West Africa bureau chief Rukmini Callimachi and her colleagues spent six months tracking down “what we would rather not have found: six bodies in the desert, including that of a 70-year-old grandfather who had become a symbol of the killings,” she writes.

There have been many reports of the Malian military’s involvement in the disappearance of Arab or Tuareg people after it reclaimed control of the country’s north from an occupation led by Al-Qaida. Callimachi was following a story she’d heard about a man named “Vieux” Ali Ould Kabbad who’d disappeared.

A source in Mali’s military pointed Callimachi toward two bodies. A shepherd led her to two more.… Read more

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Swedish journalists abducted in Syria may have lacked proper visas

The Local | Associated Press

Swedish journalists Magnus Falkehed and Niclas Hammarström “are experienced journalists and they know that they cannot move about in a regime-controlled area without a visa,” Kassem Hamadé, a reporter for the Swedish newspaper Expressen, tells The Local. Falkehed and Hammarström were abducted Saturday as they tried to leave Syria.… Read more

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Journalist James Foley in 2011 (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

James Foley has been missing for a year

GlobalPost | Committee to Protect Journalists | Associated Press | The Daily Northwestern | The Atlantic

Friday marked one year since American freelance journalist James Foley went missing in Syria.

“In order to preserve the security of our investigation, we’ve been unable to share much detailed information with the public or even with the GlobalPost family,” writes Philip Balboni, GlobalPost’s CEO and president. “But please know that our search for Jim has not slowed and that there are important leads being actively pursued even at this moment.”

Foley in 2011 (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
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Journalists under attack: Pros offer safety advice

Look at this page on the Committee to Protect Journalists’ website and feel a pain in your gut. The site documents the 45 journalists who have been killed on the job worldwide this year. Most were covering human rights, politics and/or crime when they died.

If you think the only journalists who face danger on the job are those working in Syria or Egypt, you’re wrong. Last week, WDAZ reporter Adam Ladwig was attacked by three people while covering a fire. Last month, a woman attacked a WUSA9 crew. A CBS2/KCAL9 reporter and photojournalist were attacked while covering the Zimmerman verdict protests in July. In August, Poynter.org told you about the San Francisco area attacks on news crews. In a six-week period, thieves attacked journalists six times, targeting cameras, computers and tripods and taking gear at gunpoint in at least one case.… Read more

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French and Malian troops search for journalists’ killers

Reuters | Radio France Internationale | Associated Press

Suspects have been questioned” in the killings of French journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, France’s foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, said Monday. Fabius wouldn’t confirm a report that French troops had five people in custody, Reuters reports, but he told RTL that French and Malian troops were hunting for the journalists’ killers.

Dupont and Verlon worked for Radio France Internationale, which remembers both journalists: Dupont spent nearly three decades in the region and was once deported from Congo while reporting on elections there. “Even then she continued to report on the DRC from Paris and her stories shed light on the fractures between Paris and Kinshasa, resulting in RFI being banned from the airwaves in the country for over a year,” RFI notes.… Read more

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War correspondent C.J. Chivers reflects on post-9/11 world

C.J. Chivers is full of stories, and most of them aren’t pretty. The veteran war correspondent and former U.S. Marine, who goes by Chris, saw his career catapult into one successive overseas conflict after another just 12 days after 9/11.

While working as a metro reporter for The New York Times, he was in lower Manhattan post-primary election day wearing one of the few suits he owns and covering possible voting irregularities. When his pager went off, it was with the news that the first tower had been hit.

One day and change of clothes later, he bluffed his way past a police checkpoint as an area resident. He spent the next two weeks reporting from Ground Zero. He slept on the floor next to first responders and called in news reports from what he was saw and overheard.… Read more

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Only a few journalists will cover Syrian attack from Damascus

ABC News | Politico | The Huffington Post

ABC News announced Wednesday it has reopened its Beirut bureau. Correspondent Terry Moran will report from there if the U.S. attacks Syria. ABC News closed the bureau after the Lebanese Civil War ended, Dylan Byers reports.

Michael Calderone looks at which U.S. news outlets have reporters in Damascus. Wall Street Journal reporter Sam Dagher “appears to be the only U.S. newspaper reporter in Damascus,” he writes, and CNN reporter Frederik Pleitgen “has the distinction of being the only TV correspondent from a U.S. network in the capital.” The Associated Press “has also continued to operate out of Damascus,” Calderone writes.
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