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G-20 Protest Gets Rowdy for Reporters

Editor&Publisher reports that some journalists covering anti G-20 protests over the weekend got caught up in the crowd and suffered the consequences. According to E&P, at least 3 journalists were beaten and arrested. The National Post reported its staff photographer, Brett Gundlock, was tackled and arrested by several police officers as they dispersed protesters near […]

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Philippines Still Deadly for Journalists

Following last year’s massacre of more than 50 journalists in an ambush in the Philippines, the situation in the country for media professionals still remains grim. In the past week alone, three journalists have been gunned down and killed. During the U.S. State Department’s weekly press briefing on June 21, spokesman Philip Crowley commented on […]

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'Restrepo' a Must See Film on the War in Afghanistan

'Restrepo' a Must See Film on the War in Afghanistan

If there is only one film you see this summer, make it ‘Restrepo.’ Awarded the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for a Documentary, it follows the lives of one U.S. platoon of soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley during their entire 15 month deployment. The valley is considered one of the U.S. military’s most […]

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The Mexico Problem

Journalists in Mexico are facing an increasingly hostile environment. On Sunday, 13 journalists on a tour in the state of Michoacan were kidnapped at machete point by Nahua Indians. They had been mistaken for a crew in the area to film a beer commercial, and were released, but their equipment was confiscated. According to the […]

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Banned from Journalism for 30 Years

The power of the pen is most obvious when dictatorships try to silence writers and journalists. Ms. Jila Baniyaghoob, a 39 year-old Iranian journalist, is a sad case of this. On June 9 she was sentenced to one year in jail and banned from writing for 30 years by the Iranian government. Baniyaghoob’s sentence came […]

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76 Journalists Aboard Gaza Flotilla Released

JERUSALEM—Dozens of international journalists and media workers being held in an Israeli jail were expected to be released by Wednesday evening, local time. Thirty-eight of them were from Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Pakistan, and the U.K. The other 38 were Turkish. Some were identified by the companies they work for and others by their professional associations […]

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David Cameron: In Pictures

David Cameron: In Pictures

Following one of the most exciting and closely-watched political moments in recent British history, VII Photo Agency has published a gallery of David Cameron photographs. The photos, taken by VII photographer Marcus Bleasdale, are a glimpse into the harried life of a politician on the road. The photo essay can be seen here: http://www.viiphoto.com/showstory.php?nID=1123 More […]

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Only Christian TV Station in Bethlehem Still Not Back On Air

After being shut down last month under the pretense of having no valid operating license, Nativity TV is still not back on the air. Nativity TV is the only Christian television station in the Palestinian Authority (PA) and operates out of Bethlehem. Last month, after the TV station was shut down by the PA, an […]

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Israel's Media 'Spy' Scandal

The Israeli media has been on edge in recent weeks over the unprecedented case of journalists privy to sensitive military documents. Uri Blau, a reporter for the left-wing Haaretz newspaper, got about 2,000 pages of documents from a former Israeli soldier who leaked the information to him illegally. Blau is currently in London, where he […]

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Online Journalists at Great Risk Worldwide

Online Journalists at Great Risk Worldwide

NEW YORK—A look at global press freedom during 2009 offers a glimpse into dangers journalists face as the media industry adjusts to years of corporate meltdowns. Of particular concern are those who rely on the Internet to get news and information out—more than half of imprisoned members of the press are online journalists, including bloggers. […]

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Tunisia's Dark Veil of Media Repression

In the big, wide world, there is no shortage of regimes willing to suppress the media. So it’s not hard to miss what has been happening recently in the nation of Tunisia, nestled between Algeria and Libya on the Mediterranean Sea. Imprisonment, censoring, and harassment have increased since elections there last year. Journalists Tawfiq Ben […]

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Release of Journalist Detained by Hamas Demanded

Following documentary filmmaker Paul Martin’s kidnapping in Gaza on Monday by Hamas, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) noted that the kidnapping came just when he was about to give evidence at a military tribunal. The IFJ called it a “shocking violation of journalists’ rights” and demanded his immediate release. IFJ and its UK affiliate, […]

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Help for Haiti's Journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has moved quickly to connect with and help Haitian journalists impacted by the recent earthquake there. CPJ has responded with direct assistance for basic daily needs to “get them on their feet again”, according to the organization. CPJ’s Journalist Assistance program is cooperating with Jean Roland Chery. He is […]

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International Mission Calls for Justice in the Philippines

THE FULL REPORT CAN BE READ HERE The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and other members of an international solidarity mission that investigated the November 23 massacre of 57 people in the southern Philippines is saying that Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her government must take all necessary measures to provide local media with […]

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'Questions Without Answers' is a Global Photo Exhibit Not to Miss

'Questions Without Answers' is a Global Photo Exhibit Not to Miss

An upcoming exhibit at Tufts University will showcase some of the finest photojournalistic work available. The exhibit, entitled “Questions Without Answers,” will feature the work of all of VII photo agency’s photographers, Marcus Bleasdale; Ron Haviv; Antonin Kratochvil; Gary Knight; Joachim Ladefoged; Christopher Morris; James Nachtwey; Franco Pagetti; Stephanie Sinclair; and John Stanmeyer; and the […]

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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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