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Attacks on the Press in 2011

20 Feb

Journalists run for cover during a bombing raid in Ras Lanuf, Libya. (Reuters/Paul Conroy)

Trade and the Internet are turning us into global citizens, but the news we need to ensure accountability is often stopped at national borders. China is ramping up censorship, Iran is jailing dozens of journalists, and Turkey is using nationalist laws to stifle critical reporting. In Mexico criminals are dictating the news, while in Pakistan shadowy agents are attacking investigative reporters. Attacks on the Press analyzes press conditions and documents new dangers in dozens of countries worldwide.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/02/attacks-on-the-press-in-2011.php

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Preface

20 Feb

From a crane high above a protest, journalists film crowds in the Yemeni city of Taiz. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah)

Technology has democratized news publishing, rattling regimes that see their survival dependent on control of information. Video footage of repression from Burma to Syria to Egypt dramatically illustrates the benefits of Internet platforms and social media. Yet the Arab uprisings of 2011 also demonstrate the urgent need for providers and users of digital tools to understand the dangers of deploying them in repressive nations. As threats to online journalists grow in scope and frequency, they also underscore CPJ’s mandate to be a truly global organization. More journalists need CPJ’s help than ever before.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/02/attacks-on-the-press-in-2011-preface.php

Attacks on the Press in 2011: The Global Citizen

20 Feb

Police in Santiago seize a photographer during an anti-government demonstration. (Reuters/Carlos Vera)

Even as trade and new systems of communication turn us into global citizens, the information we need to ensure accountability often stops at national borders. New platforms like social media are valuable tools, but the battle against censorship is hardly over. By Joel Simon

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/02/attacks-on-the-press-in-2011-the-global-citizen.php

Attacks on the Press in 2011: Regulating the Internet

20 Feb

Thai website editor Chiranuch Premchaiporn faces criminal charges. (AFP/Pornchai Kittiwongsakul)

Legislation for Internet security can quickly turn into a weapon against the free press. Cybercrime laws are intended to extend existing penal codes to the online world, but they can easily be broadened to criminalize standard journalistic practices. By Danny O’Brien

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/02/attacks-on-the-press-in-2011-regulating-the-intern.php

Attacks on the Press in 2011: Fighting Impunity

20 Feb

The global rate of unpunished murders remains stubbornly high at just below 90 percent. Senior officials in the most dangerous countries are finally acknowledging the problem — the first step in what will be a long, hard battle. By Elisabeth Witchel

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/02/attacks-on-the-press-in-2011-fighting-impunity.php

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