Archive for April 27th, 2017

27/04/2017

IPS Journalists Who Perished in the Line of Duty

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 26 2017 (IPS) – In the politically-risky world of professional journalism, news reporters are fast becoming an endangered species.

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Richard de Zoysa

The numbers are staggering: some 1,236 journalists have been killed since 1992, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

In 2016 alone, 48 journalists were killed worldwide – and in the first few months in 2017 there have been 8 deaths.

The “deadliest countries” for journalists include Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya and Mexico, where international news organizations took the heaviest toll.

But Inter Press Service (IPS) was not spared the agony either.

The news agency, which has relentlessly covered the developing world for over 53 years, has suffered both under repressive authoritative regimes and also in war-ravaged countries where IPS journalists have either been detained, tortured or beaten to death in the line of duty in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

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27/04/2017

Worrying about Fake News Has Become All the Rage

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Apr 26 2017 (IPS) – Rogue interests, perhaps even foreign, are said to be trying to interfere with the electoral process in the U.S. and European Union members. Senior government officials glibly endorse what they themselves call “alternative facts” and even openly describe the media as their enemy.

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Farhana Haque Rahman

Social media platforms, seen as the primary distribution vector for this plague, are under pressure to police their content.

However, the history of journalism is full of stories of distortions, many of them in prestigious publications. Benjamin Franklin once produced – in wartime – a fake newspaper to distribute a fake story.

At root, the current fake-news epidemic is a symptom of growing distrust in media.

It also reflects a widespread contempt for expertise, which poses a special challenge for organizations like IPS, where for decades we have sought to chronicle the complex and often slow-moving travails of development in the global South.

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27/04/2017

48 Countries Offer Just Half of Funds Needed to Rescue Two-Thirds of Yemenis

Human Wrongs Watch

With nearly two-thirds of war-torn Yemen – about 19 million people – in need of emergency support, the international community on 25 April 2017 raised $1.1 billion at a pledging event in Geneva to aid what the United Nations chief calls “the world’s largest hunger crisis.”

A young boy runs with his tyre past buildings damaged by airstrikes in Sa’ada Old Town, Yemen. Up until August 2015, this area was the home of Sa’ada’s oldest market with thousands of people selling vegetables, spices and fabrics in stores and street stalls. Photo: Giles Clarke/OCHA

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