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March 31, 2011

How to start your own local news site: Tips from a Berkeleyside co-founder

The prospect of starting your own news site is more viable an option than ever in the current media climate. Traditional news organizations are plunging left and right, the tools for publishing are free and easy, and communities are finding a new desire to access and share information. In Berkeley, California, the circumstances were similar in 2009, which led a group of journalists to fill the need by starting their own dedicated site, Berkeleyside. Some excerpts from an article on Media Bistro... MORE
March 24, 2011

Crowdfunded photojournalism platform receives USD 21K from ‘backers’

A new platform for crowdfunded photojournalism which aims to build a community around projects has received more than USD 20,000 in backing, just over a week since it went live, according to Some details: [ Link ] works by inviting story proposals and an expenses budget estimate from professional photojournalists, to be reviewed by a board of advisers working against a set list of criteria. Individuals can then make a contribution to approved projects, giving them... MORE
March 19, 2011

More harassment of journalists covering pro-democracy demonstrations, one killed in Yemen

Jamal Al-Sharaabi , a photographer working for the local daily Al-Masdar , was one of the fatal victims when government security forces opened fire Saturday on a peaceful demonstration in Change Square, outside Sana'a university, killing at least 30 people, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Aged 35 and the father of four children, Sharaabi is the fourth journalist to be killed in the course of the wave of protests that have been rocking the Arab world... MORE
March 19, 2011

In Yemen, a journalist fatally shot, another injured

One journalist was fatally shot and another wounded in Sana'a Friday when Yemeni security forces used live ammunition to disperse demonstrators from a central protest area, killing dozens of people. The death of photographer Jamal al-Sharaabi is the first confirmed media fatality in Yemen since political unrest began in January, New York-based pressfreedom group Committee to Protect Journalists said. Al-Sharaabi, a photojournalist for the independent weekly Al-Masdar , was among 44 individuals... MORE
March 15, 2011

Libyan rebels arrest 'Gaddafi death squad' that killed journalist

Four men have been arrested for the murder of an Al Jazeera journalist, and rebel officials claim evidence has emerged that Muammar Gaddafi's regime is sending undercover squads to carry out assassinations, the Independent has reported. The Independent was told that four men were caught in the city of Ajdabiya with evidence linking them to the death of Ali Hassan Al Jaber , who was killed near Benghazi on Saturday. Under questioning, the suspects allegedly confessed that they had been ordered... MORE
March 13, 2011

In Libya, Al-Jazeera journalist killed and another wounded

Unidentified gunmen killed Al-Jazeera cameraman Ali Hassan al-Jaber and wounded his colleague near the eastern rebel-held city of Benghazi in an ambush on Saturday, according to the Qatar-based satellite station. This is the first confirmed death reported in the Libyan conflict, New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said. The Al-Jazeera crew was returning from covering an opposition demonstration in Suluq, 50km southwest of Benghazi, when unidentified gunmen... MORE
March 11, 2011

In Libya, 7 journalists unaccounted for, 3 others abused

Seven journalists covering the conflict in Libya are unaccounted for, according to research by the Committee to Protect Journalists, which expressed deep concern about their well-being. The most recent to go missing is Ghaith Abdul-Ahad , a correspondent for London's Guardian newspaper, whose disappearance was reported today. Also, on Wednesday, three BBC journalists recounted a harrowing 21 hours in the custody of Libyan military and security forces this week during which they were subjected... MORE
March 9, 2011

Radio station attacked in Iraqi Kurdistan

Nearly a dozen gunmen stormed an independent radio station in Sulaimaniya's Kalar district on Sunday, vandalising the office, breaking most of the equipment, and confiscating the rest, New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists has reported. It is the second armed assault on an independent radio station in Sulaimaniya in a less than a month, according to news reports. Radio Dang Executive Director Azad Osman said he believes the station's coverage of recent anti-... MORE
February 15, 2011

Photographer injured in Afghanistan after stepping on makeshift bomb

A British photojournalist was severely injured after stepping on a makeshift bomb in southern Afghanistan. Giles Duley , a freelance photographer associated with the Camera Press Agency in London, was on a foot patrol with Afghan and American soldiers on February 7 near the village of Sangsar, in rural Kandahar Province, when he stepped on a pressure-plate that detonated a hidden explosive charge, The New York Times reported Monday. Duley, 39, suffered multiple amputations as a result of the... MORE
September 29, 2010

Yemen: Cartoonist still held despite court’s release order

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has urged the authorities to immediately free cartoonist Kamal Sharaf, who is still being held despite a ruling by a special state security court on September 22 ordering his release. The press freedom organisation also calls for the release of reporter Abdul Ilah Haydar Shae although the same state security court ruled that he should be held for another 30 days to continue the investigation into his alleged Al-Qaeda links. The... MORE