Between 145 and 150 journalists are in jails around the world, as of early May. China and Iran have the most: 34 in each country, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Figures from Reporters Without Borders (RSF) are slightly lower: 30 in China and 27 in Iran.
How would you like to be a journalist in Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung or Medan? Sure, the weather and scenery are great. But don’t count on getting rich or even living comfortably. Journalists in some parts of Indonesia make as little as 55 cents per story.
Imagine my excitement when I read this startling headline recently: “First Friends of Cuba Journalist Association Created in Argentina.” Finally, I thought, an official group has been organized to help the struggling and imprisoned journalists in Cuba. According to the story by Kaloian Santos Cabrera in Juventud Rebelde, “Some 40 Argentinean journalists from different media outlets took part in the founding ceremony of the Argentinean Friends of Cuba Association of Journalists (CAPAC), held in Buenos Aires on October 12.”
A fellow journalist is dead. She was our neighbor to the north and a colleague in the profession, reporting from Afghanistan for the Calgary Herald in Alberta, Canada. Michelle Lang, 34, died in December 2009 when an IED destroyed the armored vehicle she was riding in.
Not far from my house in Virginia Beach, the great Cameroon journalist Pius Njawe was killed. He died in a car accident as he was coming to this area to visit relatives. Before July 12, I did not know much about Mr.
From the Republic of Yemen, the news this month falls into three categories: the good, the bad and the sad. First, the good news. The United States Embassy in Sana’a is offering grants to local journalists who want to learn English.
A team of reporters was recognized recently for writing about the plight of the boat people in western Myanmar. But the news was not so much about the Human Rights Press Award, which was presented in Hong Kong in April. In this case, the real news is the story itself.
It is time for us to do something. Now. The situation for journalists in the Philippines continues to worsen each day and each year. We have to help those in the media before more of them are hurt, arrested, shot, imprisoned or killed.
The land Down Under may soon impose strict Internet controls. Proponents say the move will protect children. Opponents contend the Great Aussie Firewall is nothing more than outright censorship. The Australian government announced in December that it will move forward in early 2010 with plans to implement an Internet filtering system to censor questionable Web sites.
I like what I see these days at Al Jazeera. They are doing the kind of journalism that made me want to enter this profession in the first place. Go to english.aljazeera.net and you’ll find live streams, video links, interactive pages for citizen journalists, compelling photographs and breaking news from around the world.
Editor’s Note — To help you become more connected with the world we are living in, the Global toolbox section will highlight a different country each month. You will learn about the top stories of that region, the demographics and the problems journalists there face.