President and CEO of the Associated Press Gary Pruitt delivered a speech at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club on Monday. He stated that it should be a war crime for journalists to be killed in the line of duty– in the same way that it is a war crime to kill Red Cross volunteers.
Men claiming to be part of terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) posted a video allegedly showing the beheading of freelance photojournalist James Wright Foley, who disappeared in northwest Syria on November 22, 2012. The White House said they have not yet confirmed the authenticity of the video. More on this story will follow as it develops.
Egyptian opponents of deposed president Mohamed Morsi hold up a poster of army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on July 26, 2013 during a protest in Cairo. Tens of thousands of anti-Morsi supporters gathered in response to a call by the army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Egyptians to show their support for a security clampdown on “terrorism”. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMED EL-SHAHED
The New York Times staff photographer Tyler Hicks was nearby when gunmen opened fire at an upscale Nairobi mall, killing at least 39 people in one of the worst terrorist attacks in Kenya’s history. He was able to go inside the mall as the attack unfolded. Here’s what he saw: NY Times Lens Blog Sept 21, 2013
It’s interesting to note that with all the concern about Mali as a haven for terrorists, the New York Times doesn’t even seem to have a correspondent there. A page one story on March 18, talking about possible U.S. involvement is datelined Mauritania, which is on Mali’s northwest border. The French made headlines by sending in troops in January to push back Al Qaeda forces from the cities of Gao and Timbuktu. There were stories of grateful citizens thanking the arriving French troops, but beyond that nothing much except puffery about how President Francois Hollande’s poll numbers have shot up. Paris Match reported that Monsieur Flan had become Mr. Big after the lightening fast and unexpected move. There is such a lid on battlefield reports that Reporters Sans Frontieres claims that at one point, 50 journalists were rounded up and flown out of the country. No one else seems to have reported that or confirmed that, but with no one there to report on it, who knows? The French weekly, Le Point says “the French Army has confirmed its nickname of ‘grand mute’ by locking up information on its operations.”