Media Tracker lists the challenges and achievements of the journalists and media organisations worldwide. Here’s a list of journalism at risk stories in the recent month. We would like to thank international media protection organisation and news outlets for their content.
- Zehra Doğan, an award winning journalist and founding editor of the world’s only women’s only news agency, Jin News Agency (JİNHA), was taken into police custody mid June and sentenced under the Turkish anti terror laws to 2 years and 10 months in prison. Her news agency was closed on 29 October 2016 by the government. JINHA is one of four news agencies and 55 newspapers that have been closed since the beginning of the state of emergency, 13 months ago.
- Police forcibly detained Nathan VanderKlippe, The Globe and Mail‘s Beijing-based correspondent, for three hours, going through his bag and camera, and confiscating his laptop. The journalist’s paper reported that police did not provide him with a reason for his detainment.
- Austin Tice, a freelance journalist, who went to Syria for conflict reportage has been missing since August 2012 while on his way from Damascus, Syria, to Beirut, Lebanon. Reports claim that he is alive but no confirmation or news of his release has been heard. In his career, Tice reported for various news organisations, McClatchy Newspapers, the Washington Post, Associated Press, AFP, as well as CBS, NPR, and BBC.
- Menchi Barriocanal and Oscar Acosta, Paraguayan journalists and married couple, were threatened with imprisonment by their President Horacio Cartes. They came in the line of fire for actively exposing a bi-partisan manoeuvre supported by the president to amend the Constitution to authorize re-elections. Their expose resulted in mass protests in the country. The ruling party representatives immediately blamed Menchi Barriocanal and Oscar Acosta of igniting the protests and inciting violent incidents. However, after hefty intervention from the international governments and groups, the arbitrary detention and threats have stopped. (Amnesty Int.)
Last week, Duncan Khaemba, a journalist with the Kenya Television Network (KTN), was arrested while covering post-election protests in Nairobi for allegedly possessing a helmet and body armour without a proper license. According to the reports, in the week following Kenya’s national election many journalists were assaulted or harassed and intimidated in the course of their reporting. (IFEX)