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Human Rights Watch Says Gaza Fighting Violated Rules of War

Human Rights Watch Says Gaza Fighting Violated Rules of War

NGO Human Rights Watch is saying that fighting on both sides of the November 2012 Gaza-Israel conflict violated the laws of war.
In two different reports with data and information collected post-fighting, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that militants in Gaza targeted

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U.N. Adopts Position on Protection of Journalists

U.N. Adopts Position on Protection of Journalists

 
Among an avalanche of 33 resolutions adopted last month by the U.N. was one calling for the protection of journalists around the globe. The Council’s 21st session was suspended, but not before they made a clear …

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YouTube’s Free Channels Taking TV by Storm

YouTube’s Free Channels Taking TV by Storm

 
When traditional television was looking the other way, YouTube launched a truckload of what they call “original channels.” The channels cover everything from food and travel to autos and topics for moms.
According to

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Preparing Reporters for the Worst

Preparing Reporters for the Worst


A new venture in training journalists to be more prepared for dealing with injury in the field is already putting graduates out into the field.
RISC, founded by war journalist Sebastian Junger, is a nonprofit that gives battlefield first aid training to freelance journalists. Inspired …

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Jordanian Journalist and Crew Missing, Possibly Kidnapped

Jordanian Journalist and Crew Missing, Possibly Kidnapped

Media reports on the disappearance of Jordanian Al Arabiya TV journalist Baker Atyani and his two local crew members in the Philippines have published conflicting information in the last two days.
According to the most recent reports, the crew was possibly kidnapped while working in the southern Philippines.
The

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Tribute Project to Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros

Tribute Project to Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros

One year after their untimely deaths while working in Libya, a special tribute to Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros called “Liberty and Justice (for All)” features the work of 68 photographers. The tribute includes work of some of the world’s best photojournalists, and explores the concepts of liberty and justice.
More …

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Italy’s Little Blogging Problem

Italy’s Little Blogging Problem

The Italian blogosphere is on fire with postings about the “ammazza blog” amendment. According to Gigaom, the remnant of Silvio Berlusconi’s days would force online publications (including blogs), to swiftly address complaints–or pay up:
The …

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The Israel-Iran Facebook Lovefest

The Israel-Iran Facebook Lovefest

When you hear people in Israel talking about Iran these days, the hot topic is not whether there will be war or not. It’s whether they have showed any love to, or got any love from, and Iranian. As sappy as it sounds, it’s …

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Editor’s Murder Verdict Sparks Public Outrage in Turkey

Editor’s Murder Verdict Sparks Public Outrage in Turkey

 
The verdict in a five year-old murder in Turkey is causing a serious public outcry. 18 people were accused in a lengthy trial over the killing of newspaper editor Hrant Dink, and only 2 were sentenced to punishment of any kind. According to

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Tracing the Contours of North Korea

Borderline: North Korea from Emphas.is on Vimeo.
Tomas Van Houtryve, an award-winning documentary photographer, is creating a book of photographs made in the shadow of North Korea. Van Houtryve’s book, due out …

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Tragedies of 2011 Also Inspire

Tragedies of 2011 Also Inspire

2011 was a year of heartbreaking tragedies for journalists caught up in the tide of massive world events. Certain cases of journalists killed and attacked in the crossfire of the stories they were reporting stand out. In 2011, there were many instances in which the media became part of the …

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Images Worth Perusing

Images Worth Perusing

An interesting find and a valuable place to look at images–BagNews features some provocative and informative photographers and their work.
For example, an image they posted of the Japanese “sumimasen” (apology without end) in action:

(photo: AFP/Getty. caption: Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) president Masataka Shimizu (C) and company executives bow to …

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Wikileaks Cables: China’s Grip on the Media

Wikileaks Cables: China’s Grip on the Media

Recently released U.S. State Department cables from Wikileaks show that the Chinese government exerts strict control over journalists. Domestic Chinese journalists are particularly under tight restrictions.
In terms of foreign news organizations, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Liu Jianchao said during a …

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120 to be Released from Iranian Prison

120 to be Released from Iranian Prison

Maziar Bahari, an Iranian Canadian journalist and writer who was held in Iranian prison while he was reporting for Newsweek noted via Facebook on Sunday night the release of a league of prisoners in Iran.
Bahari said that there are going to be about 120 people released from Iranian prison.
Bahari’s comments …

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Rixos Hotel in Tripoli Prison to Dozens of Journalists

Rixos Hotel in Tripoli Prison to Dozens of Journalists

About 30 journalists are being held captive in the Rixos Hotel in Libya’s capital of Tripoli. According to Twitter feeds of journalists inside the hotel, notably CNN’s Matthew Chance and AP’s Dario Lopez-Mills.
Sky News’ Mark Stone describes where the Rixos is situated …

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About the Author

Genevieve Belmaker
Genevieve Belmaker

Genevieve Belmaker is a freelance journalist and contributing editor with The Epoch Times (www.theepochtimes.com). She also contributes to Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists and Poynter.org. Her blog on journalism is http://artofreportage.com.

Genevieve has traveled throughout the U.S., Asia, Central America, Israel and the West Bank for reporting assignments, including major investigative reports on the recovery of New Orleans, the encroaching presence of China in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, the dangerous import of melamine-contaminated milk into the U.S. and settlement outposts in the West Bank. She regularly reports on issues related to journalism, and the work of journalists.

She holds a BA from the University of Southern California in International Relations, and has been a member of several prominent national and international professional media organizations, including the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the International Women’s Media Foundation, the New York Press Club, and the Newswomen’s Club of New York. She lives in Jerusalem, Israel with her husband and son.

Areas of Focus:
New Media; Journalism; Culture and Society

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