As the journalism community continues to grapple with the execution of American journalist James Foley in Syria, new details are released about a rescue attempt, and debate begins anew over the use of violent imagery. The Dart Center has resources for journalists coping with this loss, and for those who continue to cover the story.
Resources for Press Freedom
At the 2014 Investigative Reporters & Editors Conference, the Dart Center hosted panels on investigating veterans issues and human rights in the Americas. Full audio from the panels is available here.
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.
Amnesty International has launched a new, open-source app to help those facing attack, kidnapping or torture.
On an international day of protest for five Al Jazeera journalists held in Cairo, Dart Center Executive Director Bruce Shapiro and other faculty of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, sent a formal protest letter to Egypt's President, demanding the their release.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has published a full report on the number of journalists and media staff killed worlwide in 2013.
In what one official called "the worst act of violence suffered by media members since the start of the protests in December," Ukrainian journalist Vyacheslav Veremyi was shot by masked gunmen outside Independence Square. It is the latest example of journalists being targeted.
In the last week, as many as 40 journalists have been injured by Kiev police or had their equipment destroyed while trying to cover the mass protest there. The Dart Center has resources for how journalists can safely and effectively deal with such situations.
On the 50th anniversary of the publication of Eichmann in Jerusalem, the Dart Center hosted a lively forum with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and human rights journalist, Tina Rosenberg, and moral philosopher and Einstein Forum director, Susan Neiman.
Pakistan is consistently rated one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. A 2011 Dart Centre Asia Pacific Fellow and the director of Pakistan's first media and development sector watchdog organization, Freedom Network, weighs in on the state of the Pakistani media and a new program to address the problems.