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Please help support wounded Afghan journalists

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help the survivors of a horrific April 30 suicide bombing in Afghanistan that targeted journalists, plus the families of those nine killed. The goal is $50,000. Please donate whatever you can and spread the word about the campaign. Background Horrific day for journalists in Afghanistan

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How the Edmonton Journal won an honorary Pulitzer 80 years ago

Edmonton Journal columnist Paula Simons tells the story of how the paper came to be the only non-American newspaper to win an honorary Pulitzer Prize for its battling for press freedom in Alberta.

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Thu, May 3 2018 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on How the Edmonton Journal won an honorary Pulitzer 80 years ago

World Press Freedom Day in Myanmar

A tweet from Reuters: Myanmar journalists say government is failing to protect press freedom, according to survey: https://t.co/3EfEo9BKEI Follow updates on detained @Reuters reporters in Myanmar: https://t.co/XYMIiRARYG pic.twitter.com/00CV6BSEEo — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) May 3, 2018

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The deadliest countries for journalists

This tweet from the Committee to Protect Journalists shows which have been the most dangerous countries for journalists since 1992, including where journos were deliberately targeted. On the 25th #WorldPressFreedomDay, we remember the more than 1300 journalists killed for their work worldwide since 1992, and salute the bravery of those who risk their lives to […]

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World Press Freedom Day – The Globe’s view

The newest twist in the never-ending battle for press freedom is the mainstream assault on journalists, writes the Globe and Mail in a World Press Freedom Day editorial.

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Horrific day for journalists in Afghanistan

Nine journalists killed in a suicide bombing. Another shot to death in Khost province. April 30, 2018 will go down as one of the most deadly days for journalists in Afghanistan’s troubled history.

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Trump’s anti-press attitudes embolden despots abroad

This commentary argues that U.S. President Donald Trump is providing cover to exactly the wrong types of governments to crack down on news outlets in their countries.

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Canadian journos lobby Parliament for a shield law

Lede: “Journalists and parliamentarians are putting pressure on the Liberal government to enhance the protection of reporters and confidential sources, calling for quick legislative changes instead of rhetorical support for the freedom of the press.”

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Montreal’s mayor possibly linked to surveillance scandal

Lede: “Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has become embroiled in the controversy over the covert surveillance of journalists after revelations he called the city’s former police chief just before warrants were obtained to track journalist Patrick Lagacé’s cellphone activity.”

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Montreal police sought to monitor journos’ communications

A new development in this police state scandal in Quebec: That two La Presse journalists were covered by a warrant that made them targets of electronic surveillance.

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