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Peshawar Demonstrators in Solidarity ...
Peshawar, Pakistan
By Malik Ayub Sumbal
13 Jan 2015

A group of Sunni clerics protested today in Peshawar, Pakistan against the Charlie Hebdo magazine and praised the two brothers who killed 11 of its employees and a police officer on 7 January in Paris. They also held a prayer ceremony for the killers and praised the attackers' actions, saying Said and Cherif Kouachi delivered justice against the cartoonists who disrespected the Holy Prophet Muhammad. The clerics made a clear distinction between the recent Taliban attack on the Peshawar Army School, which they wholly condemned, and this latest attack saying that the gunmen in Paris were justified in their killings because of the blasphemy committed by Charlie Hebdo.

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The Black Men: European Fighters in U...
East Ukraine
By Gianuca Panella
24 Jul 2014

European volunteer fighters and far-right activists have travelled to Ukraine to fight along side pro-Ukrainian forces against pro-Russian separatists. They come from France, Sweden, and other parts of Europe. They have different motivations for participating in the conflict, but they all say that they are not paid to fight.

Journalists Fausto Biloslavo and Laura Lesevre travelled to Ukraine and interviewed, among others, Mikael Skillt, a Swedish sniper, with seven years' experience in the Swedish Army and the Swedish National Guard. Mikael is currently fighting with the Azov Battalion, a pro-Ukrainian volunteer armed group under the control of Kiev’s Interior ministry, in eastern Ukraine. He says there is a bounty of nearly 5,000 euros on his head. Biloslavo and Lesevre also interviewed 46 year old Gaston Besson from France who says he wants to defend Ukraine’s independence. Besson, who has also fought in Croatia, Bosnia, Burma and Laos, is in charge of recruiting foreign European volunteers to fight against pro-Russian rebels. "Every day I get dozens of e-mail with requests of enlistment, but I reject 75% of them. People who want to join us are to buy the plane ticket with their own money. Then they go over an initial period of training in Kiev before being sent to the front line. We do not want fanatics, trigger-happy people, drunkards or druggies. We need unpaid idealists, not hired mercenaries”, he says.

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Syria Honors It's Journalists Killed ...
Damascus, Syria
By TTM Contributor 4
06 May 2014

May 5, 2014

Damascus, Syria

Ministry of information Building

At a memorial ceremony in Damascus today the Syrian government honored the journalists who have died during the war in Syria and the families of the journalists who belong to Syrian and Arab news channels.
Syria has lost over thirty journalist in the war while international reports indicate that over 100 journalists were murdered while they were on missions. The organization “Reporters Without Borders” has ranked Syrian number 177 out of 180 countries where freedom of the press is limited for the year 2014.
According to “Reporters Without Borders”, Syria is now considered one of the most dangerous countries for journalists and most threatening for the freedom of the press, not far behind Turkmenistan, North Korea, and Eritrea which are listed as countries with absolutely no press freedom.
Interviews:
Elias Murad, the president of the journalists union in Syria.
"It has been said before that if you won the press, you will be able to control the public opinion, and this saying is being proved right every day.  Media has a huge role in uncovering the truth and hiding it." Dr. Buthaina Shaaban, the Syrian presidential political consultant.
"Syria, Russia, Iran, and Lebanon have a media background that observes and exposes violent foreign plans against nations, while the west has been used to being the only source of information for decades, which was his most powerful weapon used against us till the Arab spring as they call it occurred, while it’s actually a winter, bloody, sectarian, terrifying winter, and many Arabic news channels have played a huge role in advertising for this spring." "We consider this honorary ceremony to be a huge celebration for the martyrs and the blood they shed and the victories that Syria accomplished in this stage, today we come to celebrate the martyrs." Al Mhanna , the brother of Hassan Mhanna who works in the Syrian television and was killed whole covering the war.
"no matter how much we give to our country, it is still nothing, our country deserves more and it is more precious than anything and today we honor the martyr Hassan in the celebration of his sacrifice and the celebration of journalism. Nadim Shama, the father of  Mohamad Nadim Shama who was killed covering the events that were occurring in Syria and used to work in the Syrian State television.
"We consider this honorary ceremony to be a huge celebration for the martyrs and the blood they shed and the victories that Syria accomplished in this stage, today we come to celebrate the martyrs." Shot list: Various shots of the ceremony in the Syrian ministry of information 

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Caracas, Venezuela
By Carlos Hernandez
18 Feb 2014

Journalists marching in Caracas, Venezuela to demand press freedom on 12 February 2014.

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Media Censorship in Venezuela
By Carlos Hernandez
17 Feb 2014

Venezuelan journalists are concerned about the lack of freedom to report in their country. On February 12 , the coverage of a student protest march was minimized in newsrooms by creating an information blackout. Self-censorship is happening in the media, due to pressures from the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

A form of this pressure can be seen by the government's refusal to sell foreign exchange to the media, to import the paper for printing - there is a exchange control in Venezuela and the only provider of currency is the government , unless acquired on the black market at a price 10 times higher than the official price. Eight daily papers in the country have closed their editions, according to the Press and Society Institute , an NGO that advocates freedom of the press, and at least 40 are reducing the circulation.

The papers need to buy dollars to import their paper. The government is the only one who can sell them dollars. Paper for printing is running out fast, and many no longer have stock in their warehouses. Many of the papers are critical of the government.

Before the student protest last week, journalists and media workers marched in Caracas, demanding the government currencies, as now there are increasingly more journalists out of work, because newspapers are closing, and freedom of press is being threatened.

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Caracas, Venezuela
By Carlos Hernandez
17 Feb 2014

Journalists marching in Caracas, Venezuela to demand press freedom on 12 February 2014.

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Caracas, Venezuela
By Carlos Hernandez
17 Feb 2014

Journalists protest against media censorship in Venezuela where the government refuses to sell foreign exchange to the media or import paper for printing because of strict exchange control.

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Palestinians Protest in Bil'in
Bil'in, Palestine
By Florin Ghioca
24 Jan 2014

Journalists fleeing tear gas during the demonstration on Friday.

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Aftermath in Cairo
Cairo, Egypt
By Daniel Van Moll
28 Aug 2013

Students demonstrating in front of the Syndicate of Journalists in Cairo, Egypt on August, 28th 2013.

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Gezi Gets Gassed -Black and White- (1...
Istanbul, Turkey
By umutvedat
19 Jun 2013

Journalists took photos as rioters threw grenades back at the police officers. Demonstrations took place beside Taksim Square as citizens protested against the government after a mall project that would take the place of Gezi Park was established. The protests were initially peaceful but ongoing violence has been taking place for over three weeks and continues to escalate in Istanbul, Turkey. June 2013.

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Islamist Extremists Clash With Police...
Tunis, Tunisia
By Wassim Ben Rhouma
18 May 2013

A journalist covers the demonstration as Islamic Extremist Organisation members clash with police in the Capital Tunis.

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Protest Against Media
Tahrir Square, Cairo , Egypt
By elmasdr
16 Apr 2013

Egyptian journalists protest in front of the Egyptian Journalists' Syndicate against the Minister of Information's membership to the Muslim Brotherhood after his harassment with female journalists.

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Kenyan Civil Society Members Move To ...
Nairobi, Kenya
By evans
08 Mar 2013

AfriCOG Executive Director Gladwell Otieno addreses journalists at Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi during the ruling of a case filed by AfriCOG organization to block the tallying of votes whereby it was rejected. ICC Suspect Uhuru Kenyatta was leading the election, followed by the Jubilee presidential candidate Raila Odinga as Kenyans wait to know the results of the new president.

PHOTO:PETER OBUYA

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Bidzina Ivanishvili "I shall not be t...
Tbilisi, Georgia
By Ketevan Mghebrishvili
24 Dec 2012

Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili held a press conference and answered the questions asked by representatives of international media.

Ivanishvili said that he is not going to stay in politics for a long time and does not intend to become the president of Georgia.

During the press conference the Prime minister talked about the state budget, pensions, tariffs for electricity, Georgian-Russian relations. The Prime minister also discussed the reforms in juridical system and courts. Ivanishvili talked about his visit to Azerbaijan and questions he will negotiate with the government and president of Azerbaijan.

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Egypt’s Independent Newspapers Go on ...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
04 Dec 2012

Several independent Egyptian newspapers went on strike for one day on Tuesday, December 4, in protest against the constitutional declaration and the draft constitution. Twelve newspapers suspended publication and five TV channels announced that they will go off-air on Wednesday.

Egypt Independent, Al-Masry Al-Youm's English news website, has completely halted work and covered its main page with a statement reading "You are reading this message because Egypt Independent objects to continued restrictions on media liberties, especially after hundreds of Egyptians gave their lives for freedom and dignity."

The newly drafted constitution, which was passed on November 30 by the Islamist-dominated Constituent Assembly and is set to be voted on in a referendum on December 15, does not include articles against the imprisonment of journalists in cases related to freedom of expression as demanded by journalists.

The newspapers that went on strike on Tuesday include: Al-Masry Al-Youm, Al-Watan, Al-Tahrir, Al-Wafd, Al-Youm 7, Al-Dostour, Al-Shorouk, Al-Sabah, Al-Ahaly, Al-Ahrar, Al-Fagr and Osbooa. Among the TV channels that are expected to go strike on Wednesday, with blank screens broadcasting in place of content: ONTV channels, CBC and Modern channels, and Dream TV channels.

The Journalists Syndicate's executive council withdrew its representatives from the constituent assembly in mid-November after its recommendations and suggestions were ignored by the assembly.

Story: Egypt’s Independent Newspapers Go on Strike for Freedom of Expression
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: December 4, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
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1. Various overview shots of Egypt’s Nile River
2. Various shots of standards of newspapers around the streets for sale
3. Various shots of newspapers shops and customers
4. Medium shot of Masrawy website
5. Wide shot of Al-Youm 7 website
6. Close up shot of the logo of the Al-Youm 7
7. Tilt down shot of Al-Youm 7 newspaper
8. Various shots of Al-Youm 7 newspaper
9. Various external shots of the Journalists Syndicate

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Azerbaijan demonstrations during Euro...
Baku, Azerbaijan
By Andreas bro
20 May 2012

The Eurovision Song Contest 2012 was held in Azerbaijan. The land of fire, as it is called, put on a massive and spectacular show but the festivities were tainted by the country's poor human rights record and its harsh crack down on peaceful protests. The country’s own opposition tried to draw attention to the fact that the country is not a fair democracy even though the government tries to present such an image.
A protester is getting taken away at a peaceful rally at the lavish boulevard along Baku’s harbour front. The secret police would walk around the protesters and single them out. The minute they started shouting slogans they would be shut-up, dragged off into a police car that would speed off, or they would be put in a bus and taken to a police station. Often this would be done very quickly and violently.
The protest was held by critics of the current regime and was partly held to make the foreign media aware of the problems in the country.
According to Amnesty International it is not a rare sight to see protesters getting arrested, registered and then left somewhere. If you are a part of arranging the protest you could look at jail time. Normally the regime charges people with hooliganism if they need someone to disappear for a few years. That or send them to do military service.
Unfortunately there are reports of alleged torture of people that are incarcerated.
Independent journalists work under tough conditions with no protection from the government and are subject to targeting.

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France: Looking Back at Charlie Hebdo
Paris, France
By Steven Wassenaar
22 Jan 2012

Outrage over the killing of journalists and political cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo by masked gunment has spread across the world, and many fear an Islamophobic backlash. Our contributor brings us his photos and his account from January 2012 when he spent four days with the magazine’s staff, observing their coverage of the French Presidential race, their creative process, and the ethos of their artists and writers.

ARCHIVE PHOTOS FROM PARIS, JANUARY 2012

FULL ARTICLE UPON REQUEST

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On January 7, 2015 masked gunmen entered the Paris bureau of the popular French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo and opened fire, killing twelve people, among them artists and journalists working for the magazine for years. The French government was quick to call the attack an act of terrorism, as French President Francois Hollande visited the scene of the murders just hours after police arrived. So far one 18-year-old man has turned himself in to the police, however his involvement is yet to be determined. Police have released photos of two brothers, Cherif and Said Kouachi, who they believe to be the two gunmen still at-large. Early in the evening, al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the attack, though their links to the attack are yet to be confirmed by French authorities working the case.

This isn’t the first time Charlie Hebdo comes under fire. The magazine with a circulation of about 55,000 had previously come under fire for publishing cartoons mocking Mohammed and was firebombed after publishing an earlier set of cartoons that mocked Islam. France's Muslim leaders and militants protested over the cartoons, and France's embassies were closed across the Islamic world. At the time the cartoons in Charlie Hebdo were published, often violent -- and sometimes deadly -- protests raged on across the world against an anti-Islam film made in the US that enraged many Muslims.