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‘We need to use smartphones smartly’: key takeaways from Asia's first mobile journalism conference

The combination of a high-tech landscape and low press freedom is a breeding ground for mobile journalism - but quality needs to come first

Posted by Jacob Granger on 01/07/19

Voice for the voiceless: smartphones are the weapon of choice to tell stories from Syrian civil war

Mobile journalism in the highly state-censored country has enabled people on the ground to reach international media - now it is set for the big screens

Posted by Jacob Granger on 06/06/19

World Press Freedom Day: 10 articles that map challenges and bring hope

Today we celebrate the principles of press freedom and pay tributes to those who have lost their lives holding it up

Posted by Jacob Granger on 03/05/19

The rallying call for press freedom: keep brave voices alive and heard

To make long-lasting change in regimes which silence and persecute journalists, Prisoners of Conscience calls for a pincer attack of press noise and resources

Posted by Jacob Granger on 03/05/19

Mobile journalism training helps Sudanese citizen journalists tell their own stories

Thomson Foundation upskills reporters in the country that ranks 175th out of 180 in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index, training them in non-confrontational reporting

Posted by Daniel Green/Jacob Granger on 29/04/19

Latin American media startups get financial boost to save independent journalism

New accelerator Velocidad will support 10 innovative projects to build resilient business models with $1.5m USD in grants

Posted by Jacob Granger on 17/04/19

How international collaboration helps investigative journalists overcome challenges

From the Middle East to Asia, Europe and Latin America, investigative reporters are often fighting increasing censorship and threats with low-cost solutions and strong collaborative bonds

Posted by Daniel Green/Jacob Granger on 16/04/19

South American journalists use social media to publish uncensored versions of their investigative stories

In countries where authorities are clamping down on independent journalism, newsrooms find new strategies to report the truth for their audiences

Posted by Jacob Granger/Daniel Green on 12/04/19

Po.et is working on building new tools to re-empower freedom of the press using blockchain

'We are building Po.et as an open-source layer so anyone can come in and start building on top of it'

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 20/06/18

Maria Ressa, executive editor of Rappler, receives Golden Pen of Freedom

The social-first news site from the Philippines has been targeted by online attacks since Duterte's election win in 2016

Posted by Catalina Albeanu on 07/06/18

Russian newspaper editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov receives Golden Pen of Freedom award

Dmitry Muratov was commended for his leadership and perseverance in safeguarding Novaya Gazeta’s independent and uncompromising editorial line

Posted by Caroline Scott on 13/06/16

Journalism behind bars: Vice and Al Jazeera advocating for freedom of the press

Reporters who have been wrongfully imprisoned in the past discuss the need for a greater protection of journalists covering news abroad

Posted by Caroline Scott on 03/11/15

Journalism is not a crime: Supporting press freedom by advocating for imprisoned journalists

How will imprisoning innocent journalists affect the fourth estate?

Posted by Caroline Scott on 30/10/15

IFJ issues safety advice for journalists covering Baku 2015

Concerns are growing over surveillance from the Azeri government after it issued warnings to journalists and banned the Guardian from covering the event

Posted by Mădălina Ciobanu on 12/06/15

9 publications proudly flying the flag for satire

In the wake of the terror attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo, here are nine other newspapers, magazines, websites and podcasts making an impact through smart satire

Posted by Abigail Edge on 08/01/15

Find a #JeSuisCharlie gathering near you with this map

Peaceful gatherings of solidarity are being organised worldwide in support of murdered journalists at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo

Posted by Alastair Reid on 07/01/15

New rules give right to tweet, blog and film council meetings

Openness of Local Government Regulations only apply to England and follow several complaints from reporters and community bloggers

Posted by Paul McNally on 06/08/14

Russia Today team 'refused entry to arms fair over tweet'

A team from Ruptly, RT's video agency, says their press credentials revoked for including the #stopDSEI hashtag in a personal tweet linking to content

Posted by Alastair Reid on 12/09/13

2003-2013: A decade of change for journalism in Iraq

From a blossoming of new media through civil war and the digital revolution, this feature looks at the journey of Iraq's media over the last ten years

Posted by Alastair Reid on 19/03/13

Reporters Without Borders launches site for censored content

Press freedom group Reporters Without Borders has launched a website on which it says it will 'post content that has been censored or banned or has given rise to reprisals against its creator'

Posted by Rachel McAthy on 28/11/12

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#wef12 - WAN-IFRA publishes 'report on violence against Mexico's press'

WAN-IFRA has this week published a report called “a death threat to freedom”, which looks at “violence against Mexico’s press”. The report was published on Tuesday (4 September), a day after the organisation’s World Editors Forum presented the Golden Pen of Freedom to Mexican journalist Anabel Hernandez. The report calls on the government to “take [...]

Posted by Rachel Bartlett on 5 September 2012

Hugh Grant: Leveson inquiry has shone 'disinfectant sunlight' into 'infected corners'

Hugh Grant, Tom Watson MP and president of the National Union of Journalists Donnacha Delong speak at a rally calling for media reform

Posted by Sarah Marshall on 18 May 2012

Voice of America: China's Foreign Ministry questioned on Al Jazeera journalist visa issue

Voice of America has published what it says is a transcript of questions put to the spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry, in relation to Al Jazeera English's report that its China correspondent Melissa Chan had her visa renewal application 'refused'

Posted by Rachel Bartlett on 9 May 2012

Index: Hungary faces squeeze on freedoms

Sándor Orbán, the director of the South East European Network for Professionalisation of Media, reports for Index on Censorship on the raft of new laws passed by the ruling Fidesz party and the threat to civil liberties and media freedom

Posted by Joel Gunter on 6 January 2012

Pakistan tops another 2011 journalist death toll

The International Federation of Journalists describes 2011 as "another bloody year for media"

Posted by Rachel Bartlett on 3 January 2012

Journalists shot dead in Somalia and Russia

The founder of independent Russian newspaper Chernovik has been killed, as has a journalist working for a TV station in Somali

Posted by Rachel Bartlett on 19 December 2011

Reporters Without Borders secretary-general to step down in new year

Press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders announced this week that its secretary-general Jean-François Julliard will step down on 31 January

Posted by Rachel Bartlett on 14 December 2011

Two-year anniversary of massacre of 30 journalists in Philippines

Today is also the inaugural International Day to End Impunity

Posted by Sarah Marshall on 23 November 2011

'Silencing the messenger is all too often the name of the game': Mark Austin speaks at St Bride's

The address given by ITV News at Ten presenter Mark Austin at St Bride's Church yesterday (Wednesday), for the service to commemorate journalists who have died while covering conflicts across the world.

Posted by Rachel Bartlett on 10 November 2011

Index: Take action to end impunity

This coming 23 November will be the second anniversary of the 2009 Maguindanao Massacre in the Phillippines, in which 34 journalists were murdered during election related violence in the country. Last year, on the first anniversary, there was a “global day of action” to commemorate the killings. This year, the second anniversary will also be [...]

Posted by Joel Gunter on 9 November 2011

#wef11: 'News industry is in the vortex of a fast changing world'

WAN-IFRA's new president calls for self regulation of the press to maintained in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal

Posted by Rachel Bartlett on 13 October 2011

BBC news chief calls for pressure on Iran after threats to journalists' families

BBC issues public statement after journalists' families arrested and harassed in Iran

Posted by Sarah Marshall on 5 October 2011

Guardian: How Luke Harding became the reporter Russia hated

The Guardian’s former Moscow correspondent Luke Harding has a lively piece up on his time as the city’s harassed-western-journalist-in-chief. Ahead of the publication of a book by Harding on his quarrels with Russia’s security forces, he describes being intimidated and having his flat regularly broken into, and his deportation and Russia’s u-turn in letting him [...]

Posted by Joel Gunter on 26 September 2011

New York Times: No Justice for Anna Politkovskaya

Yesterday’s New York Times editorial was devoted to the case of murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Politkovskaya, who became known for her fearless investigative reporting of social issues in Russia and human rights abuses in Chechnya, was killed in her apartment building in 2006. Five years on, no one has been convicted of her murder. [...]

Posted by Joel Gunter on 14 September 2011

BBC: Detained reporter is 'physically and psychologically frail'

BBC Central Asian Service journalist Urunboy Usmonov has been detained by Tajikistan authorities since June 13

Posted by Rachel Bartlett on 29 June 2011

Index on Censorship: Russian journalist defeats libel claim

Kommersant's political correspondent Oleg Kashin, who spent five days in a coma after an attack, defeated a libel claim after speculating on the identity of his attackers

Posted by Rachel Bartlett on 28 June 2011

Reporters Without Borders: Life sentence for Bahraini blogger

Two Bahraini bloggers handed long jail sentences, according to Reporters Without Borders

Posted by Sarah Marshall on 23 June 2011

BBC and CPJ: Mexican journalist, wife and son shot dead

It believed Mexican journalist Miguel Angel Lopez Velasco, who wrote for Notiver, has been shot dead along with his wife and son

Posted by Rachel Bartlett on 21 June 2011

Index: Polish journalist faces four years in prison for 'insulting the president' of Belarus

Andrey Pochobut of Polish newspaper GazetaWyborcza, faces a prison sentence for defamation and 'insulting the president' of Belarus

Posted by Joel Gunter on 17 June 2011

Reporters Without Borders: Journalist killed in Brazil on World Press Freedom day

Press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reports that a journalist, Valério Nascimento, was shot and killed in Brazil on Tuesday. The day of the shooting was also the day the world shone a light on the dangers and issues facing journalists across the world, for World Press Freedom day. “Nascimento’s murder, which took place [...]

Posted by Rachel Bartlett on 5 May 2011

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