- Global impunity in journalist murders continues unabated
- Getting Away with Murder
- Members of public assault Israeli journalist Daniel Siryoti in Kiryat Ata
- Pakistan media regulator walks back ban on news anchors expressing personal opinions
- Sierra Leone journalist Mahmud Tim Kargbo charged with criminal defamation
- Palestinian court orders block of dozens of news websites and Facebook pages
- Chinese journalist Sophia Huang Xueqin detained following coverage of Hong Kong protests
- CPJ calls on Tajik president to ensure journalists can report the news freely and safely
- Australian newspapers stand together for press freedom
Reporter Without Borders
- Malta: International organisations urge close scrutiny as the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia begins on 6 December
- Level of media control in Hungary is “unprecedented in an EU member state”
- Egypt continues biggest wave of arrests of journalists since 2014
- Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites
- Iran : Open season on journalists after deadly crackdown on protests
- NGOs criticize Russian plan to extend “foreign agents” law to journalists
- Malta: RSF files complaint in France in connection with Maltese journalist’s murder
- Pakistan: Pro-government activists besiege Dawn building in Islamabad
Report to the Board of Governors October 25, 2011
Since our last report, the Committee has written letters:
- To President Felipe Calderon of Mexico, deploring the killing of two more journalists. This is one of our follow-up letters continuing our long protest against the drug wars and the impotence of the government’s response. This time, we told the president that we understood how he was trying to battle the killers and how difficult it was, but we hoped he would re-double his efforts.
- To President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines, another follow-up in our condemnation of the impunity enjoyed by murderers of Philippine journalists.
- To Iraq, requesting a genuine investigation into the murder of a journalist found shot dead in his home.
- To President Rafael Correa of Ecuador, expressing dismay at his continuing crackdown on press freedom and the media of Ecuador.
- And to Pakistan, where another journalist has been found with his throat slit, and with signs of torture.
All these letters are posted on the OPC website, and your comments will be welcome.
As part of our effort to attract attention to the OPC and to the website, we have also started a new forum, similar to the forum on Wikileaks that triggered a lively debate last year. This one, pegged to the on-going Occupy Wall Street protest, was prompted by the New York Police Department harassment and arrests of journalists trying to cover the demonstrations, particularly bloggers and Internet posters. The issue is, Who is a journalist? Who should be able to issue media credentials, and what privileges should journalists enjoy? What standards should be expected of them? We hope the conversation will be provocative, and I invite you all to help kick it off by logging in and posting a comment.
We are also making progress on expanding the OPC presence on the social media. Our new members — Emma Daly and Tom Squitieri — have volunteered to discuss press freedom issues on Facebook and Twitter, and Abi Wright will recruit a social media intern for the Committee from the students at the Columbia School of Journalism. We plan to expand this effort to NYU and CCNY in coming months.
Respectfully submitted by: Larry Martz, chairman