April 28, 2014


On Friday, KyivPost ran a story about the deportation of two journalists from that country. C.J. Chivers and Noah Sneider also reported on the deportations Saturday for The New York Times.

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.

A woman holds a portrait of Pope John Paul II during a public live viewing of the canonization mass from the Vatican, on Pilsudski Square in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, April 27, 2014. Several thousands of faithful watched the live transmission as Pope Francis, aided by emeritus Pope Benedict XVI declared John Paul and John XXIII saints, in an unprecedented ceremony involving four popes. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

A boy dressed as a Pope, yawns as he prepares to join a parade in celebration of the canonization or the elevation to sainthood in the Vatican of Roman Catholic Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII Sunday, April 27, 2014, at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Pope Francis declared his two predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints on Sunday before hundreds of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square, an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence of retired Pope Benedict XVI. The predominantly Roman Catholic Philippines joins several nations worldwide in the celebration of canonization of the two Popes. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Pilgrims sleep inside a church near St. Peter’s Square waiting to attend the ceremony for the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, in Rome, early Sunday, April 27, 2014. Pilgrims and tourists streamed into Rome to participate in the ceremony in St. Peter’s Square that will see two popes, John XXIII and John Paul II, be proclaimed saints. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)


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.

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