Where journalists have been killed: 2004-2014
Where journalists have been killed: 2004-2014
Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fadel Fahmy has been languishing in an Egyptian prison since December. He is waiting for an appeal hearing on his seven-year sentence for “conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood,” but it is the murder of American freelancer James Foley, rather than his own unjust sentence, that has made the Cairo bureau chief furious. Fahmy sees the solidarity in response to Foley’s killing as an opportunity to gain global support for distressed journalists in Egypt.
Fahmy told his brother Adel Fahmy, “[Foley’s] slaying will not be in vain; it will spark a global revolution against terrorism that will liberate the same people he died trying to help [by telling] their stories.”
Shirley Sotloff’s son Steven is being held by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In a video released to The New York Times, she spoke directly to the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
via the New York Times
Photo: Laura El-Tantawy—VII Mentor Program
Smartphones have not only changed the way we make photos, but also the meaning and purpose of photography itself, an exhibition curated by photographer and film maker Henry Jacobson at the Center for Photography at Woodstock shows.
The collaboration between the Pulitzer Center, Free Spirit Media, After School Matters, and a talented group of inner-city Chicago teens has resulted in a stellar quartet of video documentaries, on topics ranging from food deserts and diversity to family relationships and the pros and cons of violent video games.
The video documentaries they shot, showcased earlier this month at Chicago’s Power House High School, included a moving tribute inspired by Pulitzer grantee Carlos Javier Ortiz’s work on gun violence that focused on the struggles—and the triumphs—of family relationships.
'The city is not markedly divided into ‘French’ or ‘Arab’ neighborhoods. It is more of a ‘rich-poor’ divide. But the high concentration of Arab families in the poorer northern quartiers [quarters] of Marseille is clearly evident. The schools are perfect examples that depict this ‘north-south’ or ‘Arab-French’ divide. Children of Muslim families are concentrated in schools in the Northern working-class quartiers of Marseille.'
-Bharat Choudhary, who won a Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography in 2012 to examine the roots of ‘Islamophobia’ in Marseille, France.
2014 marks the tenth anniversary of the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography program, which has now awarded almost $1 million in funding to photojournalists. As we prepare to announce this year’s winners on September 4 at Visa Pour l’Image, we are taking a look back at some of the winners from the past 10 years. See more on In Focus.
Isis now controls a swath of land slightly larger than the UK, from Aleppo to central Iraq, and holds sway over a population of at least four million people. The group’s rapid ability to organise and consolidate continues to splinter a fractured body politic in Iraq and Syria and is fast causing ramifications for the broader Middle East.
"The Islamic State is now the most capable military power in the Middle East outside Israel," a senior regional diplomat said on Friday. "They can determine outcomes in a few days that the Syrian rebels took two years to influence. Their capacity is in sharp contrast to the Syrian regime, which is only able to fight one battle at a time and has to fight hard for every success.
"In the first two months of its life, the so-called Caliphate has achieved unparalleled success. It is in the process of creating foundations for substantial financial, military and political growth. It is the best equipped and most capable terror group in the world. It is unlike anything we have ever seen."
The Tripoli offices of Libya’s privately owned station Alassema TV was raided and set on fire by Islamist groups on Sunday, the stationreported. Several journalists are unaccounted for, the station said, and the Libyan Center for Press Freedom and Libya International Channel reported that Alaseema staff members had been abducted.
Alassema TV said it had lost communication with staff working the night shift during Sunday’s attacks, and could not say who had gone missing or how many. Many staff members from the station have gone into hiding, an Alassema staff member, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisal, told CPJ. Local press freedom group the Libyan Center for Press Freedom reported, without citing sources, that four journalists from Alassema TV were abducted in Sunday’s attacks and two were later released. It did not identify any of the journalists.
"Jim’s true value is that he is so loved by so many. That is what they are trying to take away from us."
A survey by the Pew Research Center in conjunction with Rutgers University has found that social media doesn’t encourage discussion on controversial subjects. It may, in fact, cause people to stay quiet.
The survey, conducted among 1,801 U.S. adults, asked people about their willingness to discuss the Edward Snowden leaks on social media and in person. Social media users demonstrated a particular hesitance to discuss the topic — 86% of those surveyed said they wold be willing to have an offline discussion on Snowden, while only 42% of Facebook and Twitter users said they would post about it online.