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Al-Jazeera Journalist Held in Mideast for 19 Days Freed

Dorothy Parvaz was detained in Damascus then sent to Iran

(Newser) - An al-Jazeera journalist has safely landed in Qatar, having been released by Iranian officials after being detained in Damascus last month. Al-Jazeera confirms that Dorothy Parvaz is "safe and well and back with us in Doha. She has been in contact with her family, and we are with her... 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 »

4 More Journalists Captured in Libya

Sources say they will be released in Tripoli

(Newser) - Four more journalists have been taken into custody in Libya, including a GlobalPost contributor and an Atlantic freelancer. Forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi took James Foley, Clare Morgana Gillis, and photographers Manu Brabo of Spain and Anton Hammerl of South Africa prisoner Tuesday afternoon on the outskirts of Brega, according... More »

Freed NYT Reporters Recount Ordeal

One remembers being told, 'You're going to die tonight'

(Newser) - Tyler Hicks and his New York Times colleagues were trying to leave Ajdabiya when their driver stumbled into a checkpoint manned by Gadhafi’s forces—and Hicks immediately knew something was wrong. “I was yelling to the driver, ‘Keep driving! Don’t stop! Don’t stop!’”... More »

Egyptian Journalist Dies

Cairo denies systematic targeting of journalists amid unrest

(Newser) - An Egyptian reporter who was shot during clashes a week ago died of his wounds yesterday, his employer said, in the first reported death of a journalist in the chaos surrounding Egypt's protests. Ahmed Mohammed Mahmoud, 36, was taking photographs of fighting between protesters and security forces from the balcony... More »

Egypt Cracks Down on Foreign Journalists

Two 'New York Times' reporters briefly detained

(Newser) - Egyptian authorities launched a systematic crackdown on the press today, rounding up journalists and sending armed gangs through the streets to attack anyone with camera equipment. Two New York Times journalists were detained overnight, and then released this morning, the paper reports . In addition to the gangs, the government has... More »

Number of Jailed Journalists Hits 14-Year High

145 imprisoned worldwide, up 9 from 2009

(Newser) - The number of journalists imprisoned worldwide climbed by nine this year to 145, reaching a 14-year high, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists . Iran and China have the dubious honor of claiming nearly half that total, having each detained 34 journalists. They are joined by 26 other countries, including Eritrea,... More »

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