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This year CPJ celebrated 30 years of fighting for press freedom. We have never been more active, more needed — or more effective.
Please take a few minutes to watch an excerpt from this inspiring documentary about CPJ’s history of impact. (If you’ve got more than a few minutes, click here to watch the full-length version).
You’ll see that while the world of journalism has changed tremendously, our core mission has remained remarkably constant. CPJ began with the idea that journalists around the world should come together to defend the rights of our colleagues working in repressive and dangerous environments.
In 2011, Al-Jazeera journalists covering the revolution in Egypt tweeted at CPJ to alert us that police were at their door. We used all media – old, new, and social — to mobilize a global response. The police backed down.
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(CBSNews) “On Friday, Feb. 11, the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a “60 Minutes” story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy. In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently home recovering. Update: Logan left the hospital on Wed. Feb. 16, to recover in her Washington, D.C. home. She received a call from President Obama expressing his concern.”
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It took women and 20 Egyptian soldiers to rescue Lara. There is no mention about men rescuing this defenseless woman! I suppose they were too engrossed in raping and beating Lara Logan.
Is this the new dawn breaking for freedom in Egypt that the international media is gushing over? May God bless and protect all those journalists, particularly women, working in the field.
Many among us are aware of the plight of women in such countries that are the epicenter of warped religious aficionados and skewered views of what women represent, e.g. a receptacle for the male libido and a breeding machine, nothing more.
I shall pray for you, Lara Logan, that you will continue to be in the line of fire to report the insanity of humanity that we see unfolding. May you continue to be a beacon light for the empowerment of women around the world.
One has been witness to the dance of talking heads with a mob mentality that derides and threatens what Wikileaks has done, is doing and hopefully will continue to do. Yes, we are talking about the hysteria in USA generated by the exposure of secret documents.
The dirty linen keeps coming out at regular intervals much to the chagrin of these folk. Apparently there is an ongoing discussion about using the Espionage Act of 1917 as a weapon to corral Julian Assange. It is rumoured that a Grand Jury is meeting to discuss this issue. There appears to be a general political consensus with this method of imposing the American Will on an Australian citizen for crimes against the homeland.
The ground swell of antipathy towards Wikileaks in government/private circles gives the distinct impression that McCarthyism in an insidious avatar is returning to haunt the freedom loving people of America. All the signs are there. Pseudo-nationalism spiced by the desire to reach out and incarcerate anyone that is perceived as a threat to America’s security…the us and them syndrome.
So what will the Real America do?
Will self respecting citizens challenge this upsurge?
Will lawsuits and protest rallies emerge from the woodwork of its society?
Or will apathy take its toll?
I suppose Time and its rancid cousin, history will tell us in due course.
In the mean time, May God Save America from these people.
CPJ The Committee to Protect Journalists Defending Journalists Worldwide has published a blog written from Cipinang Prison, Jakarta by Erwin Arnada, Ex-Editor in Chief of Playboy Indonesia, who is serving a two year jail sentence for all the wrong reasons.
Read his blog by clicking on the link below. cpj.org