Eight organizations that offer emergency aid for journalists

by IJNet
Jul 18, 2014 in Digital Journalism

A guide for journalists in emergency situations, Myanmar's harsh punishment for journalists, an Ecuadorian newspaper's move to the web and more are found in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance.

Here are IJNet's picks from this week's stories:

Emergency aid for journalists

Since 1992, more than a thousand journalists have been killed, and thousands more are victims of assault, intimidation, imprisonment and persecution. A number of organizations provide emergency support to journalists in danger. Assistance ranges from medical and legal aid to moving a targeted journalist out of the country. (Global Investigative Journalism Network, 7/14)

Myanmar court sentences journalists to prison and hard labor

A provincial court in Myanmar on Thursday sentenced the head of a weekly newspaper and four of its journalists to 10 years in prison and hard labor for publishing a report that said a vast and secretive government factory was designed to produce chemical weapons. (The New York Times, 7/10)

Ecuador's Diario HOY moves online: a sign of more to come in Latin America?

The relationship between media and the government in Ecuador has been referred to as a 'war.' But all sides agree the media landscape there and across Latin America is moving toward online as the population of Internet users rapidly grows. (The Christian Science Monitor, 7/15)

A harsh media law threatens East Timor’s budding democracy

Journalists and human rights activists are urging the president of East Timor to scrap a bill deemed a serious threat to press freedom, warning that the nascent democracy could be heading toward renewed authoritarianism. (Time, 7/17)

Thai food giant CPF denies bribing journalists

Thai food conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL (CPF) denied on Wednesday bribing journalists to promote its products and image after an independent media watchdog said it had a document that shows an unnamed food firm had engaged in such practices. (Reuters, 7/16)

Jay Rosen to journalists and editors: "Facebook has all the power. You have almost none."

Amid growing calls for US and UK regulators to launch formal investigations into Facebook's disturbing mood manipulation research, leading US media scholar Jay Rosen has a reminder for journalists, editors and personal social media users alike. (WAN-IFRA's "World News Publishing Focus," 7/10)

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