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World Press Freedom Day Somber Occassion

The United Nations has called World Press Freedom Day (May 3), a day to “celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty“. 2009’s celebration and evaluation will […]

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The New Yorker's Jon Lee Anderson on the Middle East

Jon Lee Anderson is a staff writer for The New Yorker and author of the “The Fall of Baghdad” and “The Lion’s Grave: Dispatches from Afghanistan”. Anderson is an accomplished journalist who has reported on Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran extensively. His most recent work for The New Yorker is entitled Can Iran Change?. I had […]

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A Startling Look at El Salvador's Infamous Gang Life

Few people–let alone journalists–can get very close to the notorious gang in El Salvador, known as MS-13. Some journalists might even say, “Don’t bother trying, they won’t talk to you”. But Salvadoran journalist Christian Poveda has done just that, and what he discovered both startling and impossible to ignore. Poveda’s resulting documentary, “La Vida Loca”, […]

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Branding Journalism as Espionage

In the past few months, there have been three very high-profile cases of journalists being captured, imprisoned, and accused of espionage. They include two Americans who are now trapped in North Korea, and one Iranian-American who is being held in a notorious Iranian prison. Roxana Saberi has been charged with espionage by the Iranian government. […]

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The Media's Record of Life Lost in War

Air Force Staff Sgt. Phillip A. Myers was only 30 years old when he died in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was thousands of miles from his home in Hopewell, Virginia when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) wounded and killed him. But as fate would have it, his death and return to his family in the […]

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In China, a "Netizen Journalist" is Better than No Journalist at All

In a country like China that is already so restrictive of press freedoms, it’s surprising that the grip of control could be tightened any further. Yet, according to a new press release from the non-governmental organization Freedom House, that’s exactly what is happening. Freedom House says it is “dismayed by new Chinese Internet restrictions,” which […]

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Collaborating for the Future of International Journalism

Journalism is a competitive professional field, where journalists often work hard to get the unique angle, the scoop, the exclusive. But it’s also a collegial profession with a tradition of journalists helping each other in both small and big ways. In the current climate of layoffs and downsizing in the media industry–notably the decline of […]

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Award Winning Journalist at Forefront of Press Freedom Struggle in Afghanistan

Press freedom in war-torn Afghanistan is regressing to a Taliban-era level of restrictions, according to a recent report. Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a Paris-based press advocacy organization, visited Afghanistan in January to survey the current situation. Their report is entitled, “We have free speech, but we’re not safe and don’t act responsibly.” “Because of the […]

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Distinguished Panel to Discuss Future of International News

The Overseas Press Club of New York will host a distinguished panel of foreign correspondents and news entrepreneurs on Monday, March 30. The panel will be composed of Washington Post New York bureau chief Keith Richburg for Dispatches magazine, Marc Rosenwasser, executive producer of World Focus, and Charlie Sennott, executive editor and vice president of […]

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The NYTimes’s Carlotta Gall on the Female Journalist

Carlotta Gall is the Kabul-based veteran war correspondent with The New York Times who reports on both Afghanistan and western Pakistan. Read one of her recent report from the front lines, Pakistan and Afghan Taliban Close Ranks. I caught up with her last week while working on a piece for an upcoming article for Quill, […]

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Telling the Story of Afghanistan through Documentaries

Frontrunner Monday, March 30 at 6:45p.m. at the Paley Center for Media in New York City, 25 West 52 Street The Bread Winner The Asia Society in cooperation with the Foreign Policy Association, at 725 Park Avenue (at 70th St) in New York City, on Monday, April 6 at 6:00p.m. *** Two documentaries depicting the […]

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A Chinese Addition to U.S. Media

A recent New York Times article explores a quizzical addition to the U.S. media scene: Chinese state-run media. Several, in fact the largest, state-controlled media plan to spend a small fortune in order to expand overseas. In the midst of what looks like a major crisis for journalists and readers,  media companies and outlets left […]

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"A free press is vital to a healthy democracy"

Bob Schieffer, a journalist with more than five decades of experience, said it best during a recent event at the New York Press Club: “A free press is vital to a healthy democracy.” What an encouraging thought at a time of dramatic changes in the news business. And what a fitting prinicple in light of […]

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Afghanistan and Iraq Through the Eyes of a Veteran War Correspondent

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Thomas Ricks Featured in Forum on Power

“I think the American invasion of Iraq was the biggest mistake in American foreign policy history,” said veteran journalist Ricks, who added that the future of the region looks bleak, especially when it comes to who will ultimately come to power. “I think what we [will] end up with is a smarter, tougher version of Saddam Hussein.”

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About the Author

Genevieve Belmaker
Genevieve Belmaker

Genevieve Belmaker is a freelance journalist and contributing editor with The Epoch Times ( She also contributes to Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists and Her blog on journalism is

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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