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Published: 03/22/11

Ordeal of Freed Times Reporters Highlights Dangers Faced by Journalists

By  Mara Gay - AOL News
Ordeal of Freed Times Reporters Highlights Dangers Faced by Journalists

Gunfire. Sexual assault. Beatings. These are just a few of the abuses New York Times reporters and photographers said they suffered when they were captured by the Libyan government and held for six days until their release Monday, a stark reminder of the huge risks often taken by journalists when they cover some of the world's most important and compelling stories. The journalists' account of the ordeal is harrowing. It began when their driver accidentally drove into a checkpoint manned by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi and the group was immediately ambushed and nearly killed by a barrage...

Published: 02/16/11

Lara Logan Assault: For Female Reporters, the Added Peril of Turbulent Places

By  Suzi Parker - Politics Daily
Lara Logan Assault: For Female Reporters, the Added Peril of Turbulent Places

Lara Logan appeared fearless and intrepid when she reported from war zones -- exactly what you want in a foreign correspondent. The reporter "suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating" while covering the celebration in Tahrir Square on Feb. 11, according to CBS News, Logan's employer. Egyptian women and soldiers rescued her from a hostile mob that had separated her from her film crew, and she is now in an American hospital recovering. Logan's assault is a reminder that reporting is a dangerous business. According to Reporters Without Borders, five reporters have already been...

Published: 02/2/11

Anderson Cooper Among Many Journalists Attacked in Cairo

By  Dana Chivvis - AOL News
Anderson Cooper Among Many Journalists Attacked in Cairo

Journalists in Cairo are being targeted and attacked, apparently by supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, several news organizations are reporting today. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper was punched in the head and kicked while trying to make his way into the "no-man's land" between the anti-Mubarak and pro-Mubarak crowds. "We realized the situation would get very bad very quickly," Cooper said in a broadcast afterward. "We turned around and started to walk calmly. The crowd kept growing, kept throwing more punches, kicks, trying to grab us. It was...

Published: 12/29/10

Chinese Investigative Journalist Dies After Gang Beating

By  Dana Kennedy - AOL News
Chinese Investigative Journalist Dies After Gang Beating

Media rights groups are calling for an inquiry into the fatal beating of Chinese journalist Sun Hongjie, who had investigated politically sensitive issues such as government-enforced housing demolitions. Sun, a senior reporter at the Northern Xinjiang Morning Post in western China, died at a hospital in Kuitun on Tuesday, 10 days after he was beaten by six men at a construction site, The Associated Press reported. The government-controlled state media reported what police said: that Sun had been involved in a personal dispute with another man who arranged the beating. The official Xinhua...

Published: 09/24/10

Mayor's Death Caps Another Bloody Week of Mexican Drug Violence

By  Dana Chivvis - AOL News
Mayor's Death Caps Another Bloody Week of Mexican Drug Violence

(Sept. 24) -- Mexican authorities say the mayor of a northern Mexico town was gunned down Thursday, making him the second mayor to be killed this month. Prisciliano Rodriguez, mayor of Doctor Gonzalez, a town about 30 miles east of Monterrey, was shot while driving to his ranch, MSNBC reports. A person who was with Rodriguez was also killed in the attack. Violence related to feuding drug cartels continues to go unchecked in Mexico, despite efforts by authorities to combat the epidemic. In the northern state of Nuevo Leon, where Monterrey and Doctor Gonzalez are located, 450 people have been...

Published: 05/25/10

Freedom of the Press: Can Journalists Overcome Increased Threats?

By  Katie Glueck - Politics Daily
Freedom of the Press: Can Journalists Overcome Increased Threats?

Earlier this month, the International Women's Media Foundation released the names of journalists tapped for its prestigious Courage in Journalism Award. The foundation will honor three investigative journalists and bloggers at ceremonies this October. The stories of the honorees -- Claudia Duque, 39, of Colombia; Tsering Woeser, 43, of Tibet; and Vicky Ntetema, 51, of Tanzania -- are stories of tenacious and brave reporting, but they are also stories of exile, kidnapping and death threats. According to the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF), the goal of distributing this award is...

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