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Syria most dangerous country for journalists

Syria is the world's most dangerous country for journalists a US-based watchdog said Wednesday as it published its annual impunity index tracking unsolved killings of reporters. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists reported a "rising number of targeted killings" of reporters in Syria as a recent threat to journalists operating in the war-torn country. "With unprecedented numbers of abductions and high rates of fatalities in combat and crossfire, Syria was already the world's most dangerous country for journalists," CPJ said.

TED backs unmasking bad actors behind shell firms

TED on Tuesday threw its weight behind a quest to unmask evil doers who use "shell companies" to hide illicit wealth or fund foul deeds. Global Witness co-founder Charmian Gooch enlisted the TED community with the revelation of a "wish" that accompanies a million-dollar prize awarded to the anti-corruption activist by the prestigious group known for technology titans, political leaders, celebrities and others with clout and resources.

Protestors march for press freedom in Hong Kong

Protestors took to Hong Kong streets on Sunday to march for press freedom, in a demonstration organised by journalists as fears grow that free expression is being compromised. Organisers estimated 6,000 participated in the march -- though police said the figure was 1,600 -- many wore blue ribbons as a symbol advocating free expression in the media. There have been mounting concerns that China seeks to tighten control over the semi-autonomous region -- and rein in the press.

H.K. journalists protest weakening press freedom

Hong Kong's press freedom is under siege and freedom of expression and human rights will suffer subsequently if the condition further deteriorates, the Journalists Association said Wednesday. The reporters union and several media groups are to hold a protest Sunday to raise public awareness of the tightening press freedom following a string of issues that happened in the local media recently.

Online press freedom eroding

US mass surveillance, restrictive legislation and a wave of global cyberattacks drastically restricted online press freedom during 2013, a New York-based media watchdog warned Thursday. The Committee to Protect Journalists has for the first time included cyberspace on its list of countries because of what it called "the profound erosion of freedom in the Internet".

Online press freedom eroding

US mass surveillance, restrictive legislation and a wave of global cyberattacks drastically restricted online press freedom during 2013, a New York-based media watchdog warned Thursday. The Committee to Protect Journalists has for the first time included cyberspace on its list of countries because of what it called "the profound erosion of freedom in the Internet".

Myanmar reporters protest new threats to press freedom

Journalists in Myanmar staged a protest Tuesday to denounce new threats to press freedom and demand the release of a fellow reporter -- the first to be jailed since junta rule ended. About 150 journalists and activists marched through Yangon chanting slogans including "No threat to press freedom" and waving placards which read: "Right to information is the life of democracy".

Belgian, Dane, Peruvian, Swede and Swiss MSF staff taken in Syria

The five Doctors Without Borders (MSF) staffers seized by an unknown group in northern Syria this week are Belgian, Danish, Peruvian, Swedish and Swiss nationals, the humanitarian organisation said Saturday. "We can confirm that our personnel who have disappeared are expatriates of Belgian, Danish, Peruvian, Swedish and Swiss nationalities," an MSF spokeswoman said in a brief statement to AFP in Paris. The organisation has been extremely spare in information provided on the employees, who were taken Thursday night from a house they were using in war-ravaged Syria.

Belgian, Dane, Peruvian, Swede and Swiss MSF staff taken in Syria

The five Doctors Without Borders (MSF) staffers seized by an unknown group in northern Syria this week are Belgian, Danish, Peruvian, Swedish and Swiss nationals, the humanitarian organisation said Saturday. "We can confirm that our personnel who have disappeared are expatriates of Belgian, Danish, Peruvian, Swedish and Swiss nationalities," an MSF spokeswoman said in a brief statement to AFP in Paris. The organisation has been extremely spare in information provided on the employees, who were taken Thursday night from a house they were using in war-ravaged Syria.

5 MSF staff members grabbed in northern Syria

Cairo, Jan 3 (EFE).- Five staffers with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) are being held by an unknown group in northern Syria, the medical charity said Friday. MSF runs six hospitals and clinics in rebel-held areas of Syria's north and has 56 doctors working across the strife-torn country. A spokesman for the Ahrar al-Sham rebel group told Efe the MSF staff members were in the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a jihadi faction linked to al Qaeda.
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