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Gianforte Apologizes to Reporter, Coughs Up $50K

Money will go to press freedom group

(Newser) - Greg Gianforte, the Republican who body-slammed Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs on the eve of Montana's special election last month, has apologized with words and money. He has agreed to donate $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists in a deal that will avoid a civil lawsuit, Guardian reports.... More »

BuzzFeed Turns Trump's Insult Into Attire, $25K

Site starts hawking merchandise in response to Trump's diss

(Newser) - When the soon-to-be leader of the free world labels you a "failing pile of garbage," well, make T-shirts. BuzzFeed, under no small amount of scrutiny for its decision to publish an unsubstantiated bombshell alleging Russia has dirt on Donald Trump , took the aforementioned moniker Trump gave the site... More »

Donations Surge After Streep Speech

Committee to Protect Journalists says 'average people' making contributions

(Newser) - Meryl Streep's now-famous speech at the Golden Globes had some perhaps unintended consequences , and one that was quite intended : the Committee to Protect Journalists saw a surge in donations that hasn't stopped after the actress called on viewers to open their wallets, the Huffington Post reports. Calling the... More »

Detained Journalists Spotted in Tripoli

18 reporters remain missing in Libya fighting

(Newser) - There are now five Western journalists missing amid fighting in Libya—though Western sources recently spotted three of them, including American freelancer Clare Morgana Gillis , in a Tripoli government detention camp, the Washington Post reports. “We’re hoping they’re released soon, but there hasn’t been an update... More »

After Slayings, Mexico Paper Appeals to Drug Cartels

'Tell us what to publish,' says Juarez newspaper

(Newser) - In a sad sign of how bad things have gotten in Mexico, the biggest newspaper in Ciudad Juarez is asking the drug cartels to basically dictate what the paper covers. After two of its journalists were murdered in less than two years, El Diario de Juarez ran a front-page editorial... More »

Record 70 Journalists Killed in 2009

Number jailed increases as well, with Iran and China leading pack

(Newser) - A record number of journalists were killed last year, and even more were arrested or imprisoned, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. In a report released today, the group names 70 journalists killed specifically for their reporting, a number exacerbated by the massacre of 29 journalists in... More »

Reuters Journo Held by US in Iraq 8 Months

No charges against photographer; military cites insurgent ties

(Newser) - Amid the outrage over journalist Roxana Saberi’s detention in Iran, the US is holding a Reuters photographer in Iraq without charges, the Los Angeles Times reports. Ibrahim Jassam, 31, has been held since September “as the result of his activity with a known insurgent organization,” said a... More »

Mexico's Drug Lords Target Reporters

Station attack comes with clear message to drop coverage

(Newser) - The epidemic of violence related to Mexico's drug trade has spilled over into media coverage of the situation, with drug lords attempting to scare journalists out of doing their jobs. Mexico is one of the most dangerous places in the world for reporters, reports the Christian Science Monitor: Eleven died... More »

US Military to Finally Release AP Photog

'Suspect' imprisoned two years in Iraq without charges

(Newser) - A Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer detained in Iraq for two years will finally be released tomorrow, the US military has announced. Bilal Hussein, 36, was held on suspicion of having links to insurgents but was never brought to trial, and the military has now determined he's not a threat to... More »

Journalists Aim to Finish Slain Comrade's Investigation

Chauncey Bailey Project delves into Muslim bakery linked to Oakland killing

(Newser) - Last summer's murder of a California journalist has prompted dozens of colleagues to join in finishing what he started, the Los Angeles Times reports. Chauncey Bailey was shot in August, police believe, over his investigation of an Oakland black Muslim bakery. "You have to let the community know you... More »

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