Torture

  • Special Report

    Jul 14 2014

    Inside the Deadly War Against Pakistan's Media

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Pakistani journalists shout slogans during a protest a ...

    In his native Pakistan, investigative journalist Umar Cheema has endured kidnapping, torture, and intense criticism. Following his support of colleague Hamid Mir, who was nearly assassinated in April, Cheema reports that surveillance and harassment of him and his colleagues have markedly increased. This article was originally published by the Global Investigative Journalism Network.

  • Blog Post

    Jun 30 2014 12:15 PM

    Amnesty International Launches Open Source App to Fight Attacks, Kidnappings and Torture

    The Panic Button app can help activists and journalists facing imminent danger.

    Amnesty International has launched a new, open-source app to help those facing attack, kidnapping or torture.  More »

  • Blog Post

    Feb 20 2013 9:02 AM

    Facing Torture: Comprehensive New Report Tracks Victims of CIA Abuses

    In detailing the United State's secret torture campaign, the Open Society Justice Initiative has released the most comprehensive account of CIA-related human rights abuses to date. More »

  • Blog Post

    Jan 14 2013 8:31 AM

    Questioning a Guantanamo Prisoner's Death

    As Zero Dark Thirty stokes controversy over the use of torture techniques, a new short documentary by filmmaker Laura Poitras examines the death of a Guantanamo prisoner.

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  • Speech

    Nov 13 2012

    The Power of Listening

    Stringer / AFP / Getty Images: 
A Syrian man shows marks of torture on his b ...

    In 2009, former news editor of the Sunday Times and the Observer Andrew Hogg spoke to journalism students at the City University in London about the treatment of torture victims. In the wake of the London High Court decision allowing three Kenyans to sue the UK government for torture they suffered during the 1950s and 60s Mau Mau revolution, we revive this illuminating speech.

  • Blog Post

    May 6 2009 7:28 PM

    Ex-NYT Reporter on Torture Talk

    Earlier today, former New York Times reporter Tim Weiner visited the Columbia J-School to give a talk to students billed as "All you ever wanted to know about TORTURE but were afraid to ask." Given the recent ambivalence of many American news organizations on the T word, we were curious to hear Weiner's take. More »

  • Blog Post

    Apr 17 2009 3:44 PM

    Torture and the Meaning of Words

    When should news stories label interrogation practices torture?

    That question arises from the Obama administration’s release of Bush administration legal memos endorsing - and precisely describing – the brutal abuse of "high-value" detainees. Never before has a president taken such an initiative in releasing basic documents about human rights abuses by the executive branch. More »

  • Behind the Story

    Trying to Wean Myself off War

    I got into Iran on a tourist visa to make a documentary about some human rights issues there. It was a difficult job because we had to set up clandestine interviews with activists, and I knew how risky this could be not just for myself as the filmmaker, but also those who took part in it.

  • Dart Award Honorable Mention

    Camp Z30-D: The Survivors

    Written with grace and restraint, these stories of Vietnamese men and women imprisoned for “re-education” reveal their suffering in the camp and their struggles as refugees in the U.S. Originally published in the Orange County Register on April 29, 2001.

  • Dart Award Winner

    The Woman Who Wouldn't Die

    The first-person story of a woman who survived years of abuse and hours of torture by her husband.  Originally published in the Palm Beach Post on December 6, 1998.

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