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Police in China Finally Confirm Lu Guang’s Arrest | PDNPulse

Police in China have for the first time informed photojournalist Lu Guang’s family of his arrest last month, The New York Times reported today. Lu’s wife told the Times that police had phoned Lu’s family in China to report his arrest in the city of Kashgar, Xinjiang province. So far, however, Chinese officials have not disclosed the charges against Lu or released any information about his condition.

Opinion | A Photographer Goes Missing in China – The New York Times

Lu Guang is an internationally acclaimed photographer from China, and he has been my friend for more than 15 years. I’m proud that the agency I co-founded represents and distributes his work. We first met in Beijing in 2002. He was already a well-known and widely awarded documentary photographer in his country, and he would soon win a slew of international awards, including some of the world’s most prestigious.

Killings of Journalists Show the Bloody Fingerprints of Organized Crime – The New York Times

The last two years have been deadly for journalists, with 31 murdered around the world this year alone, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. But a report released this past week by Reporters Without Borders documented more than two dozen who had been killed by members of organized crime since the start of 2017, including fatal attacks in Mexico and Europe that underscored the entrenched power of criminal syndicates around the world.

Photographer Lu Guang Detained in China, and Missing for Weeks | PDNPulse

Photojournalist Lu Guang, who has won numerous international awards for his coverage of pressing health and environmental issues in China, has been detained in China since November 3 without word from authorities about his whereabouts or the reason for his detention, according to the BBC and other news outlets in Europe and the U.S.

Shahidul Alam Released from Jail | PDNPulse

Shahidul Alam walked out of the Dhakha jail on Tuesday evening, 108 days after he was dragged from his home by police and five days after a high court granted him bail. A group of students and well-wishers greeted Alam, who was accompanied by his wife, Rahnuma Ahmed. “Every citizen in a free country should have the freedom of speech,” Alam told BenarNews.

Court Grants Bail for Shahidul Alam; Government Will Fight His Release | PDNPulse

A court in Bangladesh has granted bail to Shahidul Alam, the photographer, educator and mentor arrested 102 days ago after he criticized the Bangladesh government.

Trump Threatens to Retaliate Against Reporters Who Don’t Show ‘Respect’ – The New York Times

President Trump said on Friday that he might revoke the credentials of additional White House reporters if they did not “treat the White House with respect,” lobbing another threat at the news media two days after his administration effectively blacklisted the CNN correspondent Jim Acosta.

Shahidul Alam Denied Bail—for 5th Time | PDNPulse

After numerous delays, a high court in Bangladesh refused to hear the bail petition for photographer Shahidul Alam, who has been held in jail without charge since August 5. The two-judge panel told Alam’s lawyers to seek bail from another court. This was the fifth time Alam’s lawyers had sought his release on bail, according to numerous news reports.

The Image of Famine That Facebook Tried to Censor | PDNPulse

Speaking that day at a PDN Talk, “Covering Conflict,” photojournalist Alex Potter, who has lived in and covered Yemen before and after the current crisis, called Facebook’s action “a form of censorship.”

Photo of a Starving Girl in Yemen Prompts Facebook to Remove Posts of Article – The New York Times

The article included several images of emaciated children. Some were crying. Some were listless. One, a 7-year-old girl named Amal, was shown gazing to the side, with flesh so paper-thin that her collarbone and rib cage were plainly visible. Tens of thousands of readers shared the article on Facebook, but some got a message notifying them that the post was not in line with Facebook’s community standards.

Shahidul Alam Denied Bail; Ordered Moved to New Jail Cell: #freeshahidulalam Update | PDNPulse

Shahidul Alam, the award-winning photographer, teacher, and founder of the photo agencies Drik Photo and Majority World, was denied bail at a hearing on September 11, 36 days after plainclothes police dragged him from his home. Alam has been charged under Section 57 of Bangladesh’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act, which criminalizes the sharing of information that “prejudices the image of the state or a person.” He had posted Facebook videos and given an interview to Al Jazeera in which he criticized the government for attacks on journalists and student protesters. Police filed a case claiming Alam had “spread false propaganda.” Human Rights Watch says Alam’s detention is “politically motivated,” and is being used by the government to demonstrate that “no one who dares criticize or challenge its actions will be spared.”

Trump’s Attacks on the News Media Are Getting Even More Dangerous | The New Yorker

Donald Trump picked an awkward moment for his latest tirade against the news media. On Twitter, early on Thursday morning, he lashed out at CNN and NBC News, two of his favorite targets, singling out their respective top executives, Jeff Zucker and Andy Lack, for ridicule. In a separate tweet, Trump wrote, “I just cannot state strongly enough how totally dishonest much of the Media is. Truth doesn’t matter to them, they only have their hatred & agenda. This includes fake books, which come out about me all the time, always anonymous sources, and are pure fiction. Enemy of the People!”

Appeals Court Reinstates First Amendment Claim Against Border Patrol | PDNPulse

Affirming the right of citizens to photograph law enforcement activities, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has reinstated a claim by activists who sued the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) for stopping them from photographing CBP activities and destroying their photographs.

Festival: Don’t Want to Be in Photos? Put a Red Dot on Your Forehead

A festival in the Netherlands has come up with a strange response to the EU’s new GDPR privacy laws: it’s asking attendees who don’t want to be photographed to opt out by putting a red dot on their forehead.

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