March 30th, 2018 • Featured
Isolation and harassment: My life as a female journalist in Pakistan
Working as a journalist in Pakistan is a difficult task, especially for a woman since it is considered a man’s domain in my country. Women are harassed and threatened regardless of their profession, but when you are a journalist, raising your voice about issues facing a dysfunctional society such as Pakistan, the threats become more acute.
I grew up without a tv at home. Instead, I read newspapers and I created scrapbooks full of articles. My interests were broad: royal families, wars, and American elections. The scrapbooks piled up, barely being touched because there was always new news. Ever since I was young, I wanted to be a foreign correspondent.
February 2nd, 2018 • Global Journalism
Journalist, Middle East media expert Duffy dies at 46
After the election of officers during the first student Society of Professional Journalists chapter meeting in the Middle East, one of Professor Matt Jones Duffy’s Zayed University students told him she was scared because she had never voted before. Duffy replied as only he could: “You just got a taste of democracy. How does that feel?”
January 17th, 2018 • Global Journalism
Mentors Played a Huge Role in Bringing Me Where I Am Today
Writing was always one of my passions, and the idea of covering stories was one of my earliest dreams. My father’s diplomatic career took us to many different countries. So, Pakistan, ostensibly home, always fascinated me and when we moved back I was keen on joining a newspaper and diving into a country I hadn’t lived in for some time.
Journalists from around the world have been going to Collioure, France, twice each year since 1993. They do not go to see where Matisse and Picasso painted, nor to visit the historic sites that span the past 13 centuries. This picturesque town, on the Mediterranean Sea a little north of the Spanish border, attracts writers and reporters who have just one thing in mind: to learn how to cover assignments in a high-risk zone such as a war.
May 3 is not just another day. This first Friday of the month will mark the 20th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day. There are hundreds of reasons why we need to pause and reflect. Here are 10 reasons taken from the recent headlines at Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists.
He was young, only 28, and full of life. You can tell from the online pictures and videos that he loved his work as a broadcaster and was good at it. At 9 p.m. Dec. 5, Kazbek Gekkiyev was shot three times in the head in North Caucasus, Russia.
The violence is so bad in Honduras that politicians running for office provide free coffins to families of murder victims. Perhaps you read part of this Oct. 2 Associated Press story: “Charities organized by politicians scour poor neighborhoods in search of families of murder victims who cannot afford funeral services or even a simple casket to bury their beloved.
Whether you call the nation Burma or Myanmar, the situation is the same for its journalists: confusing and frustrating. News media have experienced almost everything possible since a military junta took over in September 1988. Now they are involved in a political tug of war with the government as they fight for full and unconditional freedom of the press.
Journalists in South Africa say that new legislation, popularly called a secrecy bill, will threaten freedom of the press. Government officials contend it will protect the country and its citizens. On the surface, the bill seems simple: “To provide for the protection of certain information from destruction, loss or unlawful disclosure; to regulate the manner in which information may be protected; to repeal the Protection of Information Act, 1982; and to provide for matters connected therewith.” The ramifications of these words, meticulously spelled out in a 28-page document, are enormous.
The grass is not so green in Mongolia By Bruce C. Swaffield There is a Mongolian proverb that says, “Times are not always the same; the grass is not always green.” The times these days are not so good for journalists in Mongolia.
The recent headlines concerning Iran are downright frightening: “EU Urges Iran to Stop Execution of Web Designer Saeed Malekpour”; “German reporter describes Iran jail torture”; “Iran: Death for blogging”; “Journalists’ Families Targeted In Iran”; “Iran: Journalists Threatened by Email ‘You Will be Punished.’” You might wonder if the situation is as bad as it sounds.