Attacks on the Press: Journalism on the World's Front Lines (Bloomberg)
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The most comprehensive guide to the global state of free press in 2015
Attacks on the Press is the world's most comprehensive guide to international press freedom. Compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists, this informative guide features analytical essays from CPJ and other experts and provides a platform for direct advocacy with governments and the diplomatic community to give voice to journalists worldwide. Reporters and photographers face a myriad of risks, from highly publicized murder to imprisonment, cyberattacks, harassment, frivolous lawsuits, and censorship. The risks are increasing due to widespread unrest and in response to the broad dissemination of critical information through social media and the Internet. This book gives journalists a seat at the discussions at the United Nations, Organization of American States, European Union, African Union, and more, to protect journalists and the freedom of press that is so essential to human rights.
By publicly revealing abuses against the press and acting on behalf of imprisoned and threatened journalists, CPJ effectively warns journalists and news organizations where free press is in danger. This book is their annual guide to where these attacks are occurring, and who is doing the attacking.
- Assess dangers to freelance journalists in conflict zones
- Evaluate new forms of censorship in places like Egypt, Hong Kong, and Turkey
- Contemplate the long-range impacts of the publicized executions of journalists by militant groups
- Review available cybersecurity measures and the price journalists pay to keep up with spies
- Analyze the 10 most censored countries in the world
Strong press freedom encourages the growth of a robust civil society, which leads to stable, sustainable democracies and healthy social, political, and economic development. Attacks on the Press is the most comprehensive annual survey of global press freedom, and a calling out of those who threaten it.
care to consult widely when we anticipate controversies, but these stories should be told.” The press is called on to assert its autonomy and freedom in order to perform its most crucial role. “You cannot let Salafists or others set your own news agenda and you cannot outsource these kinds of stories” to freelancers, said Owen, the former CBC chief news editor. “The press has to take its responsibilities. It must adopt the measures that will allow it to cover these issues and controversies
ourselves and we were able to report within those confines. But it’s become much worse,” said exiled journalist Delbar Tavakoli, who wrote for Etemad-e-Melli and the now-banned Sarmayeh. “Many of our best journalists have had to quit their jobs and change their professions—perhaps going into the arts or [becoming] taxi drivers,” said Tavakoli, who now lives in France and works for the Farsi branch of Radio France Internationale. “The people we have in Iran—with all the talent and ability they
Iranian authorities. China, one of the world’s worst jailers of the press, has used national security laws to enforce compliance with the views officially approved by the country’s propaganda department. Journalists challenging that authority are at risk. Newspaper editor Shi Tao, for example, has been jailed since 2004 for emailing to an overseas news outlet a propaganda department directive on how to cover the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests. The directive, an unremarkable set of
could also include safeguards and limits against misuse of those features. “Why can’t ETSI standards put in explicit limits on the number of simultaneous interceptions? Vendors would only be ETSI compliant if [their networking equipment] cannot intercept more than a certain percentage of calls,” King suggested. Another possibility would be for devices to create tamper-proof records whenever the surveillance features of a cellphone network are used. That would make faking telephone-related
David Rohde of The New York Times and Afghan colleague Tahir Ludin were abducted outside Kabul, taken to FATA and kept there while negotiations went on. Rohde and Ludin escaped on foot after seven months of captivity. A year later, Stephen Farrell of the Times and Afghan journalist Sultan Mohammed Munadi, were kidnapped. Farrell escaped in a British-led rescue attempt, but Munadi was killed. Finally, journalists suffered as casualties of war: blown up by land mines, caught in Taliban ambushes,