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Two journalists have gone missing in Syria according to reports. Turkish journalist Aziz Akyavaş and US journalist Richard Engel have been missing since Thursday. Both work for NBC News and were on assignment in the country.

NTV, the Turkish language partner of MSNBC, reports Akyavaş may have been “arrested and detained in Syria,” but they also added, “[we] do not have any information yet.” The Kuwait News Agency reports Akyavaş may have been kidnapped, but also report Engel was the one who announced Akyavaş was missing.

Little is known about the situation. NBC has not officially acknowledged either of the journalists are missing and according to Gawker, they were, “Subject to a news blackout-one to which Gawker agreed until now—for at least the past 24 hours.”

Engel is a regular user of the social networking website Twitter and has not posted a ‘Tweet’ since December 6. His last official report was filed on December 11.

In February, Wikinews reported journalists were targeted in Syrian government attacks, some of them having been killed. On February 9, a Syrian citizen journalist named ‘Omar’ was airing a live feed of the bombardment of Homs when several rockets struck near the cameras position, nearly destroying it. On February 21, a member of the Homs Media Center was killed by a rocket as Syrian forces continued their bombardment of the city for an eighteenth straight day. A day later,Marie Colvin, a Sunday Times journalist, and award winning French photographer Rémi Ochlik, when rockets again hit the media center. At least two others were injured in the attack, French journalist Edith Bouvier and British photographer Paul Conroy.



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Journalists escape after being kidnapped in Syria

Journalists escape after being kidnapped in Syria

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At least two journalists were released after being held captive in Syria for approximately five days according to NBC News. Turkish journalist Aziz Akyavaş and US journalist Richard Engel went missing on Thursday. Both work for NBC News and were on assignment in the country.

“After being kidnapped and held for five days inside Syria by an unknown group, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and his production crew members have been freed unharmed. We are pleased to report they are safely out of the country,” said NBC News in a statement on their website.

Earlier NTV, the Turkish language partner of MSNBC, reported Akyavaş may have been “arrested and detained in Syria”((tr)), but they also added, “[we] do not have any information yet.”((tr)) The Kuwait News Agency reported Akyavaş may have been kidnapped, but also reported Engel was the one who announced Akyavaş was missing.

The journalists went missing after crossing into Syria from the Turkish border. NBC News says Engel and others were tied up, blindfolded, and put in the back of a truck and driven to possibly near the Syrian town of Ma’arrat Misrin. When they were moved to another location, the kidnappers accidentally approached a Syrian rebel checkpoint and a gunfight broke out. Two unnamed captors were killed in the attack, but Engel and others were able to escape. No one has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and no one was injured. NBC News never had contact with their captors and a ransom demand was never made.

Little was initially known about the situation. At first, NBC didn’t officially acknowledge either of the journalists were missing and according to Gawker, they website was “subject to a news blackout — one to which Gawker agreed until now — for at least the past 24 hours.”

Engel is a regular user of the social networking website Twitter and has not posted a ‘Tweet’ since December 6. His last official report was filed on December 11.

In February, Wikinews reported journalists were apparently targeted in Syrian government attacks, and some of them killed. On February 9, a Syrian citizen journalist named ‘Omar’ was airing a live feed of the bombardment of Homs when several rockets struck near the camera’s position, nearly destroying it. On February 21, a member of the Homs Media Center was killed by a rocket as Syrian forces continued their bombardment of the city for an eighteenth straight day. A day later, Marie Colvin, a Sunday Times journalist, and award winning French photographer Rémi Ochlik, were killed when rockets again hit the media center. At least two others were injured in the attack, French journalist Edith Bouvier and British photographer Paul Conroy.



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Journalists held captive in Syria

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At least two journalists were released after being held captive in Syria for approximately five days according to NBC News. Turkish journalist Aziz Akyavaş and US journalist Richard Engel went missing on Thursday. Both work for NBC News and were on assignment in the country.

“After being kidnapped and held for five days inside Syria by an unknown group, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and his production crew members have been freed unharmed. We are pleased to report they are safely out of the country,” said NBC News in a statement on their website.

Earlier NTV, the Turkish language partner of MSNBC, reported Akyavaş may have been “arrested and detained in Syria,” but they also added, “[we] do not have any information yet.” The Kuwait News Agency reported Akyavaş may have been kidnapped, but also report Engel was the one who announced Akyavaş was missing.

Both journalists went missing after a gunfight broke out a border checkpoint while they were crossing into Syria from the Turkish border. No one has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and no one was injured. NBC News never had contact with their captors and a ransom demand was never made. After the gunfight, NBC News says Engel and Akyavaş were tied up, blindfolded and put into a back of a pickup truck and driven to the Syrian town of Ma’arrat Misrin. When they were moved to another location, the kidnappers accidentally approached a Syrian rebel checkpoint and gunfight broke out. Two unnamed captors were killed in the attack, but Engel and others were able to escape.

Little was initially known about the situation. At first, NBC didn’t officially acknowledge either of the journalists were missing and according to Gawker, they website was, “Subject to a news blackout-one to which Gawker agreed until now—for at least the past 24 hours.”

Engel is a regular user of the social networking website Twitter and has not posted a ‘Tweet’ since December 6. His last official report was filed on December 11.

In February, Wikinews reported journalists were targeted in Syrian government attacks, some of them having been killed. On February 9, a Syrian citizen journalist named ‘Omar’ was airing a live feed of the bombardment of Homs when several rockets struck near the cameras position, nearly destroying it. On February 21, a member of the Homs Media Center was killed by a rocket as Syrian forces continued their bombardment of the city for an eighteenth straight day. A day later,Marie Colvin, a Sunday Times journalist, and award winning French photographer Rémi Ochlik, when rockets again hit the media center. At least two others were injured in the attack, French journalist Edith Bouvier and British photographer Paul Conroy.



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Journalists released after being kidnapped in Syria

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At least two journalists were released after being held captive in Syria for approximately five days according to NBC News. Turkish journalist Aziz Akyavaş and US journalist Richard Engel went missing on Thursday. Both work for NBC News and were on assignment in the country.

“After being kidnapped and held for five days inside Syria by an unknown group, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and his production crew members have been freed unharmed. We are pleased to report they are safely out of the country,” said NBC News in a statement on their website.

Earlier NTV, the Turkish language partner of MSNBC, reported Akyavaş may have been “arrested and detained in Syria,” but they also added, “[we] do not have any information yet.” The Kuwait News Agency reported Akyavaş may have been kidnapped, but also report Engel was the one who announced Akyavaş was missing.

Both journalists went missing after a gunfight broke out a border checkpoint while they were crossing into Syria from the Turkish border. After the gunfight, NBC News says Engel and Akyavaş were tied up, blindfolded and put into a back of a pickup truck and driven to the Syrian town of Ma’arrat Misrin. When they were moved to another location, the kidnappers accidentally approached a Syrian rebel checkpoint and gunfight broke out. Two unnamed captors were killed in the attack, but Engel and others were able to escape. No one has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and no one was injured. NBC News never had contact with their captors and a ransom demand was never made.

Little was initially known about the situation. At first, NBC didn’t officially acknowledge either of the journalists were missing and according to Gawker, they website was, “Subject to a news blackout-one to which Gawker agreed until now—for at least the past 24 hours.”

Engel is a regular user of the social networking website Twitter and has not posted a ‘Tweet’ since December 6. His last official report was filed on December 11.

In February, Wikinews reported journalists were targeted in Syrian government attacks, some of them having been killed. On February 9, a Syrian citizen journalist named ‘Omar’ was airing a live feed of the bombardment of Homs when several rockets struck near the cameras position, nearly destroying it. On February 21, a member of the Homs Media Center was killed by a rocket as Syrian forces continued their bombardment of the city for an eighteenth straight day. A day later, Marie Colvin, a Sunday Times journalist, and award winning French photographer Rémi Ochlik, when rockets again hit the media center. At least two others were injured in the attack, French journalist Edith Bouvier and British photographer Paul Conroy.



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November 19, 2012

Israeli Defense Force admits to targeting media center in Gaza City airstrike

Israeli Defense Force admits to targeting media center in Gaza City airstrike

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The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has admitted that in an airstrike, they targeted an office building housing offices for international media in Gaza City on Sunday night. The IDF called their specific targets “Hamas operational communication sites”. The IDF also claims Hamas staged a scene outside the building to make it appear an injured man was being taken away in an ambulance, who was “seen minutes later walking around.”

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“Overnight, the IDF targeted two Hamas operational communication sites that were identified by precise intelligence. The first site was targeted at approximately 01:40 a.m. and was an infrastructure of Hamas’ operational communications, located inside a civilian building,” said the IDF in a statement on its website.

Reuters reports eight journalists were injured in the attack with one journalist needing a leg amputated.

The IDF also admits they knew international journalists had offices in the building and targeted it because “Hamas’ operational communications [were] deliberately located on the roof of the building, in which several international media bureaus reside.”

“We obviously knew there were journalists in the building, so we did not attack other floors in the building”, said Avital Leibovich, a spokesperson for the IDF. Sky News, RT News, Ma’an news agency, and al-Quds TV, among other agencies, all have offices located in the building.

Though the IDF admits they knew international journalists were inside the building, a spokesperson denies they were the target saying, “Hamas took a civilian building and used it for its own needs. So the journalists … were serving as human shields for Hamas”. The IDF statement goes on to say that journalists were warned to “stay clear of Hamas’ bases and facilities.”

The building was reportedly bombed three times. After the IDF bombed the building once, there was a pause during which occupants evacuated before the IDF bombed it two more times.

According to Protocol 1, Article 79 of the Geneva Convention, targeting journalists or civilians is considered a war crime. “Journalists engaged in dangerous professional missions in areas of armed conflict shall be considered as civilians…. They shall be protected as such under the Conventions and this Protocol, provided that they take no action adversely affecting their status as civilians, and without prejudice to the right of war correspondents accredited to the armed forces”.



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Israeli Defense Force denies claims journalists injured in Gaza City airstrike

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The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has denied claims that eight journalists were injured in an airstrike on a media center in Gaza City on Sunday night, according to Israel National News. The IDF called the center a “Hamas operational communication site”. The IDF also claims that Hamas staged the scene of those injured being taken away in ambulances following the airstrike.

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“Overnight, the IDF targeted two Hamas operational communication sites that were identified by precise intelligence. The first site was targeted at approximately 01:40 a.m. and was an infrastructure of Hamas’ operational communications, located inside a civilian building,” said the IDF in a statement on its website.

Reuters reports eight journalists were injured in the attack with one journalist needing a leg amputated.

The IDF also admits they knew international journalists had offices in the building and targeted it because “Hamas’ operational communications [were] deliberately located on the roof of the building, in which several international media bureaus reside.” Sky News, RT News, Ma’an news agency, and al-Quds TV, among other agencies, all have offices located in the center.

Though the IDF admits they knew international journalists were inside the building, a spokesperson denies they were the target saying, “Hamas took a civilian building and used it for its own needs. So the journalists … were serving as human shields for Hamas”. The IDF statement goes on to say that journalists were warned to “stay clear of Hamas’ bases and facilities.”

The building was reportedly bombed three times. After the IDF bombed the building once, there was a pause during which occupants evacuated before the IDF bombed it two more times.



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November 18, 2012

Journalists in Gaza City injured in Israeli airstrike

Journalists in Gaza City injured in Israeli airstrike

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At least six journalists in Gaza City have been injured after an Israeli airstrike struck a media building.

Ashraf al-Qudra, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, stated: “At least six journalists were wounded, with minor and moderate injuries, when Israeli warplanes hit the al-Quds TV office in the Showa and Housari building in the Rimal neighbourhood of Gaza City”.

At least three of the journalists work for Al-Quds TV, but it is not yet known what agency the other three may work for. Several foreign journalists have been staying in the Al-Showa building in Gaza which was damaged by the airstrike. The Ma’an News Agency in Gaza and Al-Quds TV is also based in the media complex.

According to Ma’an, at least one missile struck the building’s eleventh floor injuring the journalists. Al-Quds TV offices are located on that floor.

The military wing of Hamas, the Alqassam Brigades, condemned the attack posting a statement on their Twitter account saying, “Israeli IDF is trying to kill the power of word in Gaza, targeting journalism is a war crime and crime against humanity.”

The injured were evacuated from the complex which was reportedly hit at least two more times.


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October 2, 2012

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, former publisher of The New York Times, dies aged 86

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Former New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger died at 86 years old on Saturday. According to his family Sulzberger had had a long illness.

He was known as “Punch”, his nickname when he was a child.

In 1963, Sulzberger became publisher of The New York Times and chairman and chief executive of The New York Times Company. He retired as publisher in 1992. In 1997, Sulzberger left the chief executive position and was succeeded by his son, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr.. While Sulzberger was the paper’s publisher it won 31 Pulitzer Prizes.

Adolph Ochs, Sulzberger’s grandfather, bought the New York Times in 1896.

A national correspondent for the New York Times, John Schwartz, wrote on Twitter: “For those of us working at the NYT, the passing of Arthur O. Sulzberger has the sharp feel of a death in the family”.



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September 10, 2012

ABC News yanks 20/20 investigation of Tom Cruise and Scientology

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An investigation into Scientology and Tom Cruise which was set to air this past Friday on the American television program 20/20 was removed from broadcast by ABC News. This is not the first time that ABC News has pulled an investigation into Scientology from airing on 20/20.

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A press release published by ABC on Thursday announced the scheduled airing of the investigation. It described the program as “an in-depth look” by Elizabeth Vargas into the recent report on Tom Cruise and Scientology by journalist Maureen Orth for Vanity Fair in its October 2012 publication.

An analysis of the situation by Editor-in-Chief Tony Ortega of The Village Voice pointed out that in 2008, actor and former Scientologist Jason Beghe was interviewed by Elizabeth Vargas after he had flown to New York. Beghe recounted to Vargas his experiences within Scientology and his decision to cease activity in the organization.

However, this interview by Vargas was never shown on ABC.

Cquote1.svg ABC caved again, and this time much more publicly. Cquote2.svg

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Ortega noted, “Then, Friday night, ABC caved again, and this time much more publicly.” He highlighted a television screenshot which displays clearly the description given by ABC for the 20/20 program scheduled for Friday: “20/20. New. ‘Lovestyles of the Rich and Famous; The Camera Never Lies’ Journalist Maureen Orth discusses her recent article in Vanity Fair on Scientology and actor Tom Cruise; celebrity”.

According to Ortega, this was to be a significant investigation into Scientology. It was going to cover topics including the recent divorce of actress Katie Holmes from Tom Cruise, the role of minors within the Scientology organization, material on Scientology’s chief David Miscavige, and controversy regarding the elite Scientology group known as the Sea Org. Ortega was himself interviewed as part of the investigation, which he was told would comprise an hour-long broadcast.

Cquote1.svg We just got word that both ABC 20/20 & Nightline have pulled the TV shows that were going to air tonight. Cquote2.svg

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In addition to Ortega, former Scientologists Marc Headley and his wife Claire were interviewed by ABC News for the 20/20 piece which they were informed would be complemented by a news segment on Nightline. Claire told the camera of her two mandatory abortions she experienced while a member of the Sea Org in Scientology; Ortega reported that this interview moved the ABC television crew to tears.

Marc Headley confirmed that he had learned of the ABC News decision. In a post Friday to a legal fund webpage he set up to support his family with litigation costs from Scientology, he commented: “We just got word that both ABC 20/20 & Nightline have pulled the TV shows that were going to air tonight. It appears that someone at OSA is trying to sandbag the downstats over the next few weeks.” OSA is an abbreviation for the Office of Special Affairs — a department within Scientology which has been compared to an intelligence agency that handles legal affairs and public relations. Downstat refers to a negative impact on statistics gathered by Scientology members of the Sea Org due to critical investigations of the organization by the media.



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May 9, 2012

Mexico and world react to murdered journalists

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This past weekend, over 100 journalists in Mexico City protested around a statue where a mock note said in translation, “Government Journalist Killer” in reaction to deaths in Veracruz. Recent journalist killings have also provoked international condemnation.

Earlier Javier Duarte de Ochoa, governor of Veracruz, said Friday he would create a state-led organization to protect journalists after recent violence against journalists, including the discovery of dead photojournalists.

Journalists around the nation and the government of Veracruz are reacting to the dismembered bodies of four Mexicans, three of them photojournalists, who were found in a canal in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, on Thursday, which happened to coincide with World Press Freedom Day, which is held on May 3 every year.

Two of the photographers worked for Notiver and later VeracruzNews. They were identified as Gabriel Huge and Guillermo Luna. The body of Luna’s girlfriend Irasema Becerra was also found. The other photographer, Esteban Rodríguez, had worked as a videographer for TV Azteca before working for Diario AZ.

The Committee to Protect Journalists released the following statement in condemning the death of the three photographers: “We are deeply troubled by reports of these murders that, coming as they do on World Press Freedom Day underscore the ongoing crisis in Mexico. Veracruz has seen a wave of lethal anti-press violence that is sowing widespread fear and self-censorship. Mexican authorities must act now to end the deadly cycle of impunity in crimes against the press.”

Irina Bokova, who is the director-general of UNESCO, said, “That these gruesome crimes have been committed on the eve of World Press Freedom Day – a day on which we honour the vital role played by journalists in upholding democratic values, protecting citizens’ rights to be informed and calling those in power to account – makes the situation all the more intolerable…I condemn these three murders in the strongest possible terms and urge the Mexican authorities to act quickly and decisively to find those responsible. Impunity is not an option.”

On the Saturday before the deaths, the body of Proceso journalist Regina Martinez was found in her Xalapa apartment. Martinez had been investigating other journalists who had been killed in the state of Veracruz. The three bodies of photographers and Regina Martinez bring to eight the number of journalists killed in Veracruz in the past year and a half.

Four journalists died in Veracruz in 2011. The long-time crime journalist for Notiver, Miguel Ángel López Velasco, better known by his pseudonym Milo Vera, was killed along with his wife and son. López’s son Miseal López Solana was a crime photographer at Notiver who often worked with his father. About one month after their death, the body of their colleague and friend at Notiver Yolanda Ordaz de la Cruz was found decaptitated with a note at the crime scene. She was investigating the López’s murder at the time. Earlier in 2011, Noel López Olguín of the La Verdad de Jáltipan was murdered.

In March 2012, the Mexican Congress approved a Constitutional amendment to make it a federal offense to attack a journalist and that would need six more states to sign on before it would become the law. Over the last ten years, the toll of the Mexican Drug War has been high on journalists as more than 80 have been killed and another fourteen are missing, according to Reporters Without Borders. Almost 50,000 people have died during Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s drug war.

The drug cartel known as the Zetas are active in Veracruz. However, a cartel that is closely allied with the Sinaloa cartel headed by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán and is based out of Jalisco is at war with the Zetas over territory. Both of the competing cartels have been pressuring journalists in Veracruz to cover only its side of the story.

Mike O’Connor, a spokesperson for CPJ on Mexico, said, “It’s hard to imagine what else reporters can do to stay safe there.”

In other news on World Press Freedom Day, UNESCO presented Azerbaijan journalist Eynulla Fatullayev with its Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize at a conference on press freedom in Tunisia. He spent four years in prison for his journalism.

In New York, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon led a moment of silence to honor the 74 journalists who died since 2011, of which fourteen have already died this year. This figure does not include the most recent discovery of Mexican journalists.



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