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War reporter Marie Colvin was tracked, targeted and killed by Assad’s forces, family says
December 23, 2016
Author: Dana Priest
Source: The Washington Post
 American war correspondent Marie Colvin was deliberately targeted and killed by artillery fire in 2012 at the direction of senior Syrian military officers seeking to silence her reporting on civilian casualties in the besieged city of Homs, according to a civil lawsuit filed Saturday on behalf of her sister and other heirs.Based on information from high-level defectors and captured government documents, the 32-page complaint alleges that the military was able to electronically intercept Co

Professional Safety for Journalism Students A Course Taught for the First Time in Palestine
December 21, 2016
Author: Naela Khalil
At least three Palestinian universities are getting ready to integrate into their curricula a new course entitled “Professional Safety for Journalism Students.” The course will be taught in the second semester, at the beginning of 2017; a first in the history of journalism schools in Palestine. The authors of the course hope that all other journalism schools in Palestinian universities will adopt it in the near future. The Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education agreed at

Swedish journalist expelled from Syria
December 19, 2016
Source: Sveriges Radio
Swedish Radio’s Middle East correspondent Cecilia Uddén was forced to leave Syria on December 15, 2016, where she has been reporting over recent days. Cilla Benkö, Director General of Swedish Radio, and Ginna Lindberg, Head of Foreign News issued the following statement in response:“Our correspondent Cecilia Uddén was forced to leave Syria after Syrian authorities withdrew her journalist visa and refused her permission to report from the country.We are protesting the decision and the trea

Joint Call: Secure Safe Passage for All Media Workers Wishing to Leave Aleppo
December 13, 2016
13 December 2016 - As forces loyal to the Syrian government are taking over territories within the city of Aleppo, International Media Support (IMS) and other international media assistance NGOs and press freedom organisations call on all parties of the conflict to ensure that steps are taken to safeguard the lives of all civilians, including media workers living and working in Aleppo and those media workers choosing to leave the city.Throughout the conflict, Syria’s media workers and other ne