Waves of repression in China, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia fueled the imprisonment of record numbers of journalists, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. In its annual global survey, CPJ identified at least 251 journalists in jail tied to their work. "The past three years have recorded the highest number of jailed journalists since CPJ began keeping track," the group found, "with consecutive records set in 2016 and 2017." Leading the pack: Turkey, China, and Egypt, who together were responsible for over half of those behind bars for the third year in a row.
After two years in prison, Vietnam's Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, who blogged under the name Me Nâm (Mother Mushroom), was freed this week. She has left to take up residence in the United States. Convicted of “anti-state propaganda,” she refused to confess, as all she had done was blog about environmental problems and human rights. Reporters Without Borders ranks Vietnam 175th out of 180 countries in its 2018 World Press Freedom Index.
Organized crime gangs have murdered more than 30 journalists since the start of 2017, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) concluded in a new report. Twelve were killed in 2018 as a direct retaliation for their reporting. The actual numbers may be much higher, the authors warn. "The biggest danger for the investigative reporter nowadays is not necessarily the ruthless, bloodthirsty individuals who people this world," the report found. "Rather, in many countries, organized crime has established a kind of pact with the state, to the point that you cannot tell where one stops and the other begins."
Journalists from Egypt, Yemen, Mauritania and the Gaza Strip who exposed human rights abuse, slavery and corruption in their communities took top prizes for best investigation in film, multimedia and data journalism for 2018 from Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ). The winners were announced at a gala dinner on Sunday in Jordan at the 11th Forum for Arab Investigative Journalists, which was organized by ARIJ. Some 475 Arab journalists from 18 nations and international trainers attended the event.
Canada’s federal government has introduced a five-year, US$450 million package to bolster independent media in the country. The groundbreaking measures would create a tax-exempt status, allowing for nonprofit newsrooms to thrive as they have in the US. Also planned: A temporary, non-refundable tax credit letting subscribers recover 15% of the subscription cost of digital news, and a tax credit to news media for labor in producing "news and information of interest to Canadians.”
Source: Nieman Lab
The Implant Files, a new joint investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, teams up 250 reporters and data specialists from 58 news organizations in 36 countries. The project filed over 1,500 public records requests and collected some eight million device-related health records on medical implants, which are poorly regulated from country to country. To track the problem, ICIJ created its own International Medical Devices Database with more than 70,000 safety alerts and reports from 11 countries.