Media Tracker – 1st March 2017

Media Tracker

 Truth Tracker presents Media Tracker is a new feature will be listing the challenges and achievements of the journalists worldwide. Here’s a list of journalism in the recent month. We would like to thank international media protection organisation and news outlets for their content.


  • Pakistan and Bangladesh termed as the deadliest countries of 2017.(CPJ)


  • Abdul Hakim Shimul, Samakal Shahjadpur, Bangladesh, On February 3, 2017, a 42-years old Abdul Hakim was killed while covering the political unrest in Shahjadpur. He is remembered by his colleagues as an honest journalist.(CPJ)


  • Muhammad Jan, Qalat, Pakistan. On January 12, 2017, a 37 years old Jan was a reporter for Qudraet and also a press secretary at the press freedom group the Pakistan Media Council and a teacher at a secondary school in Qalat.(CPJ)


  • The White House barred several news outlets from an off-camera press briefing on Friday. Organisations whose requests were denied included the Guardian, the New York Times, Politico, CNN, BuzzFeed, the BBC, the Daily Mail and others. Conservative publications such as Breitbart News, the One America News Network and the Washington Times were allowed into the meeting, as well as TV networks CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC. The Associated Press and Time were invited but boycotted the briefing.(The Guardian)


  • Woman journalist Tahereh Riahi was arrested on 27 December 2016, as Iranian revolutionary guards came to her house. After searching her home , they arrested her and took her to Evin prison. There she remains in detention ever since without charges. She is the chief editor for the social section of news agency Borna and used to work for Iranian newspapers Shargh and Mardom Emrooz. Journalists in and around the world are concerned about her health and demand her immediate release.(IFJ)


  • United Kingdom has recently ushered new proposals that threaten journalists with jail time of up to 14 years for obtaining leaked official materials, and would make it easy to categorise journalists, whistleblowers, and human rights defenders as ‘spies’. (RSF)


  • Mehman Huseynov, Azerbaijan’s leading political blogger and chairman of the local press freedom group, was abducted in Central Baku on Monday 9 January and has been subjected to torture by Azerbaijan’s authorities. (PEN Int.)

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