Reporter Killed in Syria

A Syrian reporter died this week after being injured covering clashes between the Syrian army and rebel groups in Quneitra province, according to his employer and the Syrian-government run news agency Sana. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Mustafa Salamah’s death comes amid concern for at least 70 journalists trapped in Quneitra and nearby areas who could face reprisal from the Syrian government as its forces advance on the last remaining rebel strongholds in the region. The CPJ says at least 120 journalists have been killed covering the Syrian conflict, at least seven were in Syrian state prisons, and many others are missing.

Source: CPJ

Posted on: July 19, 2018

Investigative Journalist Shot in Montenegro

Olivera Lakić was wounded outside her home in the country’s second attack on a journalist in a month. An investigative reporter who covers crime and corruption in Montenegro, Lakić has been shot and injured in an attack that prompted calls from the European Union and the US to protect journalists in the Balkan country. A journalist for the Montenegrin newspaper Vijesti, she was wounded in the right leg outside her home in the capital, Podgorica. She was taken to a hospital and was reported out of danger.

Source: Guardian

Posted on: May 10, 2018

Break-in at Botswana Investigative Center

A break-in at the INK Centre for investigative Journalism in Gaborone this past weekend has raised concerns that intolerance towards media is growing in Botswana. The break-in at the GIJN member organization came after the center's managing partner, Joel Konopo, was told to report to police in connection with an intelligence report. The report, which was leaked to journalists last year, claimed the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services is running an operation intended to disrupt the opposition ahead of the 2019 election. Police have indicated they may bring charges against INK and other publications under legislation which prohibits the publication of material that may create panic or disturb public peace.

Source: Daily Maverick

Posted on: March 8, 2018

Slovakian Journalist Found Murdered

A journalist investigating alleged tax fraud involving businessmen connected to Slovakia’s ruling party has been found murdered alongside his girlfriend. Ján Kuciak, 27, and his fiancee, Martina Kušnírová, were discovered shot dead in the home they shared after worried relatives alerted police, saying it had been a week since they had heard from the couple. Slovakia’s most senior police officer, Tibor Gašpar, told reporters the murders “likely have something to do with [Kuciak’s] investigative activities.” The two bodies were found on Sunday evening in the town of Vel’ka Mača, east of the capital, Bratislava.

Source: The Guardian

Posted on: February 27, 2018

CPJ Finds Record 259 Journalists in Prison

Turkey leads the world in number of journalists imprisoned, with at least 81 behind bars under the Erdogan regime, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists annual census. The 259 journalists in prison worldwide is the highest number recorded since CPJ began keeping records in 1990. The Turkish journalists all face anti-state charges following an unprecedented crackdown that has shut down over 100 news outlets. 

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists

Posted on: January 16, 2017

A Scholar’s Guide to Dangerous Research

Journalists aren't the only ones who throw themselves into hazardous situations. Here's a scholar's guide to staying safe while investigating underground economies, the narcotics trade, and insurgencies. Written by political scientist Vanda Felbab-Brown, the guide includes useful tips for anyone "conducting fieldwork in highly dangerous places or on highly dangerous subjects."

Source: Social Science Research Council

Posted on: June 24, 2014

Infographic: the Deadliest Countries for Journalists

From 1992 to May of 2013, 985 journalists were murdered around the world, according the the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Find out where the deadliest countries for journalists to perform their jobs are, and explores whether their killers are being brought to justice.

Source: Visual News

Posted on: June 19, 2013

Digital Security Basics

Practical guide on digital security for journalists. "For any journalist dealing with any sensitive information and sources, digital safety is becoming an increasingly integral part of the practice of good journalism", says Frank Smyth, the executive director of Global Journalist Security.

Source: Medill National Security Zone

Posted on: May 27, 2013

Report: Tech Companies’ Privacy Rankings

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released its annual report: Who Has Your Back: Which Companies Help Protect Your Data from the Government. Among the best major international tech firms are Twitter, LinkedIn, DropBox, and Google; among the worst the list includes Amazon, Apple, and Yahoo.

Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation

Posted on: May 2, 2013