Media CEO: Journalist safety a challenge in Mexico

Source : AP, 26 March 2010
By Michelle Roberts

SAN ANTONIO — Journalists and other employees of Mexico's largest newspaper chain are changing their driving routes, moving to more secure high-rise apartment buildings and keeping their names off stories. But no one has figured out a good formula for protecting them from Mexican drug violence [...]

Anti-pirate attack guidelines being ignored, UN says

Source: BBC News, 29 January 2010

The majority of ships being hijacked off the coast of Somalia are ignoring safety advice, UN piracy experts say.

Carl Salicath, chairman of the UN group on piracy, told the BBC up to 25% of vessels passing through the Gulf of Aden are ignoring the UN's guidelines.

"Commercial ships following these practices [...]

The end of bang-bang? The risks of reporting from the frontline

Source : The Independent, 18 January 2010
By Kim Sengupta

After the death of a reporter in Helmand, will government pressure and a loss of nerve by editors mean new restrictions are imposed on journalists embedded with troops in war zones?

The death of reporter Rupert Hamer and the severe injury suffered by photographer Philip Coburn in [...]

For novice journalists, rising risks in conflict zones

Source : NYT, 30 December 2009
By Ian Austen

OTTAWA — Amanda Lindhout was a waitress at an Irish pub in Calgary, Alberta, with a dream of becoming a journalist. But Ms. Lindhout, who has no formal journalistic training, did not join the ranks of citizen journalists who blog about their communities. Instead, she used [...]

On Assignment: Hard Lessons in Somalia

Source : NYT, 15 June 2009

In Dhusamareb, Sufi Muslims have driven out the fundamentalist Muslims known as Al-Shabaab. The Sufis, never formaly involved in politics or fighting, rose up as a fighting force after being persecuted by the Al-Shabaab, who assassinated women's rights workers and tried to install a fundamentalist form of Islam

Few photographers [...]

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