Access & Censorship

The images Saudi Arabia doesn’t want you to see –

But you won’t find the story splashed on front pages and leading news bulletins around the globe — Yemen’s grinding two-and-a-half-year civil conflict, between Houthi militants and a Saudi Arabian-led coalition of Arab states that support the former Hadi government, is often called “the silent war” because it receives relatively little attention in the media.
Yet that’s not for want of trying: for the past two months CNN and dozens of other journalists have been actively pushing to gain access to the hardest-hit parts of the country.

Laguna Beach Edits ‘Non-Commercial’ Photo Permit After Outcry

OC Weekly reports that Laguna Beach decided to change its photo policy language after people complained about the confusing wording, which was broad enough to require payment for all forms of personal photography.

Prix Pictet Winner Richard Mosse Arrested At Anti-Refugee Rally | PDNPulse

Mosse says he was on the island to film an episode of Bloomberg’s “Brilliant Ideas” series. He was observing an anti-immigrant rally when he was arrested by undercover Greek police. In an Instagram post, Mosse says he was wrestled to the ground, handcuffed and taken to jail.

Using Texts as Lures, Government Spyware Targets Mexican Journalists and Their Families –

The targets include lawyers looking into the mass disappearance of 43 students, a highly respected academic who helped write anti-corruption legislation, two of Mexico’s most influential journalists and an American representing victims of sexual abuse by the police. The spying even swept up family members, including a teenage boy.

Shiraaz Mohamed still missing in war-torn Syria | IOL

Speaking of her trip to Syria, Govender said: “We were surrounded by soldiers, and everywhere we went there were people watching us. It was chilling. It was scary to imagine Shiraaz in captivity, alone. We want him to know that we are looking for him, we have not forgotten him,” said Govender.

How a Russian Journalist Exposed the Anti-Gay Crackdown in Chechnya  – The New Yorker

Since Politkovskaya’s death, much of the paper’s coverage of Chechnya has been done by Elena Milashina, a thirty-nine-year-old reporter who has numerous confidential sources inside the republic, and who is no stranger to threats for her work

Photojournalist Mathias Depardon Released from Turkish Prison | PDNPulse

Turkey currently has 159 journalists in jail, making it the world’s biggest jailer of journalists, according to Committee to Protect Journalists.

After Reality Winner’s Arrest, Media Asks: Did ‘Intercept’ Expose a Source? – The New York Times

Sharing an original document when asking questions of government officials, as The Intercept appears to have done, can expose metadata and high-tech watermarks that may reveal a leaker’s identity. And an affidavit asserts that The Intercept revealed to a second contractor that the document was mailed from Augusta, Ga., where Ms. Winner resides.

President Trump’s war on the press is dangerous. He’s discrediting a profession he fears – Poynter

Trump’s war on the press isn’t just name-calling. It has a more insidious intent: to discredit a profession he fears, because he sees journalism as a challenge to his authority. Trump wants to undermine trust in those who earned the name “muckrakers” by exposing muck and giving voice to disenfranchised working people long before Trump knew the meaning of those words.

A Journalist Was Body Slammed, but Some Conservatives Want the News Media to Apologize – The New York Times

“It is not cool,” Ms. Ryan, who encountered brusque treatment herself at a White House press briefing, said in an interview. “Who are we? Are we a third-world country? You cannot persecute the press for asking questions about the truth.”

Photojournalist Imprisoned in Turkey Begins Hunger Strike | PDNPulse

At the time of his arrest, Depardon was working in Hasankeyf on a story for National Geographic about how the historic town could be damaged if a proposed dam is built.

Turkey: Joint call for journalist Mathias Depardon’s immediate release – European Federation of Journalists

Depardon’s arrest is not isolated. Dozens of foreign journalist have been expelled from Turkey since fighting between the Turkish army and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) resumed in southeastern Turkey in July 2015.

She broke the story of Chechnya’s anti-gay purge. Now, she says she has to flee Russia.

Fifteen-thousand people got together in the main mosque of Chechnya and announced a jihad against the staff of Novaya Gazeta.

Not just me, but all the people working at the newspaper are now in danger, because this was a clear jihad message. We will persecute you for tarnishing the honor of the Chechen nation, this nasty thing that you said. There are gays among Chechen people? We will persecute you until the last person at Novaya Gazeta dies. It’s unbelievable. It reminds us of the situation with Charlie Hebdo.

You Won’t Find the Trump White House on Flickr

A week after the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump, the White House announced the appointment of Shealah Craighead as Souza’s successor. The Obama Flickr feed was promptly moved to a new location to make room for the Trump administration, but two months later, not a single image has been uploaded. Not even the cover image has been changed from the default.