"A siege of more than three weeks at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge came to a sudden and violent end Tuesday when five militants — including leader Ammon Bundy and his brother, Ryan Bundy — were arrested in a traffic stop and another militia member was shot and killed, the FBI said," Jeff Wright reported Wednesday for the Register-Guard in Eugene, Ore.
Such a standoff would not have lasted three weeks had the militants not been white, according to commentators who have written on the subject during the confrontation.
"When armed militants seized a government building in Burns, Oregon, on Saturday, stating their willingness to 'kill and be killed' and promising to stay for 'years,' the official response was cautious and restrained," Nick Wing wrote Jan. 6 for the Huffington Post. "Many onlookers wondered whether this would still be the case if the militants were people of color instead of white people.
"If you're not familiar with the history of protest in the U.S., you might not know that the armed occupation of government buildings hasn't always been just for white guys. In fact, on May 2, 1967, a group of 30 Black Panthers walked into the California state Capitol building, toting rifles and shotguns and quickly garnering national headlines.
"Just to be clear, there are a world of differences between the Black Panthers' demonstration and what's happening in Oregon now (although it is noteworthy that you have to go back to 1967 to find an example of something even remotely analogous). The two groups employed different tactics, fought for different causes and — predictably — elicited different reactions in vastly different places and times.
"But the 1967 incident serves as one example of the way Americans tend to respond to black protest — which some say is always likely to be vastly different from the way Americans react when it's white people doing the protesting. . . ."
Wing concluded, "The Black Panther protest in 1967 is not the 'black version' of what's happening in Oregon right now. Those demonstrators entered the state Capitol lawfully, lodged their complaints against a piece of racially motivated legislation and then left without incident. But for those who see racial double standards at play in Oregon, the scope and severity of the 1967 response — the way the Panthers' demonstration brought about panicked headlines, a prolonged FBI sabotage effort and support for gun control from the NRA, of all groups — will serve as confirmation that race shapes the way the country reacts to protest."
On Jan. 15, Joseph Rose of the Oregonian | OregonLive wrote, "The drama unfolding with armed occupiers holed up at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns is similar to a standoff that made national headlines 37 years ago in Harris Neck, Ga.
"But there are also stark differences, including the race of the Harris Neck occupiers — mostly displaced descendants of West African slaves — and the tactics used by the FBI to quickly remove what the media casually called 'squatters.'
"Also, the 40 members of People Organized for Equal Rights who set up a camp on the patch of land south of Savannah on April 30, 1979, were unarmed.
"Instead of guns, the demonstrators, including prominent civil rights leaders, brought concrete blocks and bags of mortar to build new homes.
"Their protest was straightforward and, upon reflection, heartbreaking.
"Following the Civil War, a white plantation owner deeded the land on the Georgia coast to a former slave. In the decades that followed, the descendants of slaves moved to Harris Neck to build houses, factories and boats. They fished, hunted for oysters and grazed cattle.
"Harris Neck evolved into a thriving community. Its members were recognized as a culturally unique group of African Americans called Gullah.
"But in 1942, U.S. military officials gave Harris Neck residents just three weeks via eminent domain to leave their property so they could construct an airbase for training pilots and conducting anti-submarine flights. . . ."
"Instead of giving the land back to the black landowners and their descendants after World War II, the government left it in the county's care and eventually converted it into the 2,762-acre Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge. . . .
"However, four of the unarmed protestors — Edgar Timmons, Jr., Hercules Anderson, Christopher McIntosh and the Rev. Ted Clark — refused to leave.
"On May 2, 1979, U.S. deputy marshals 'forcibly removed' the men, according to a story in The Oregonian. 'Their bodies taut and motionless,' the men were dragged out of their tent, handcuffed and hoisted into a waiting van.
"Supporters taunted the police, shouted insults. One woman screamed, 'Slavery is over with!'
"At a Savannah news conference, Timmons protested: 'You can't tell me that geese, wild birds, cows, lizards and snakes have priority over a taxpaying American citizen.'
"A judge sentenced the four men to a month in jail for trespassing. . . ."
Steven C. Beda, History News Network: This Isn't The First Time Armed Ranchers Have Seized Government Land in Oregon (Jan. 14)
Chip Berlet, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting: The Good, Bad and Ugly in Oregon Standoff Coverage (Jan. 15)
Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone: WTF Just Happened to the Oregon Militia, Explained
Travis Gettys, Raw Story: Eyewitnesses knock down conspiracy theories about LaVoy Finicum dying on his knees
Alex Jacobs, Indian Country Today Media Network: Militia Sit-Com: America's Favorite Dysfunctional Family, the Nutty Bundys (Jan. 15)
Jen Hayden, Daily Kos: Militants bulldoze through Native American archeological site, share video rifling through artifacts (Jan. 21)
Allen Johnson, News & Record, Greensboro, N.C.: Cowboy occupation in Oregon goes on — and I still wonder … what if? (Jan. 17)
Sam Levin, the Guardian: Black Oregon militiaman: Black Lives Matter can learn from occupiers (Jan. 17)
Askia Muhammad, Final Call: How US Handles Unarmed Black Dissent vs. Well-Armed White Dissent (Jan. 14)
Joseph Rose, the Oregonian | OregonLive: Oregon standoff: Feds forcibly removed black occupiers from wildlife refuge in 1979 (Jan. 15; updated Jan. 22)
Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani, thinkprogress.org: Note To Media: The Heavily Armed, Law-Breaking Oregon Militants Aren't 'Protesters'
Morgan Winsor, International Business Times: Native Americans React To Oregon Armed Occupation: Burns Paiute Tribe Says, We Were Here First' (Jan. 6)
Rebecca Woolington, the Oregonian | OregonLive: Pete Santilli, self-styled journalist and militants supporter, among those arrested by FBI
"Almost a year ago, last March, The Times published a frightening article about the drinking water in Flint, Mich.," Margaret Sullivan, public editor at the New York Times, wrote on Wednesday.
The Times was proud of that story, Sullivan wrote, but editors said they did not have the resources for sustained follow-up.
"My take: The Times got off to a strong start with its initial Flint story in March. It was good to return to the subject in October; and this month's coverage has been thorough. But there could have been, and should have been, much more," Sullivan wrote. "If — for example — the March article had been followed up with some serious digging, and if the resulting stories had been given prominent display, public officials might have been shamed into taking action long before they did. . . .
"Yes, that takes journalistic resources. Investigative reporting is notoriously time-consuming. But are such resources really unavailable?
"After all, enough Times firepower somehow has been found to document Hillary Clinton's every sneeze, Donald Trump's latest bombast, and Marco Rubio's shiny boots. There seem to be plenty of Times resources for such hit-seeking missives as 'breadfacing,' or for the Magazine's thorough exploration of buffalo plaid and 'lumbersexuals.' And staff was available to produce this week's dare-you-not-to-click video on the rising social movement known as 'Free the Nipple.'
"Isn't it a matter of choosing how to deploy the 1,300 members of the newsroom staff? Call it a question of priorities. Given all that's happened, especially on issues involving race, maybe it's time to beef up that talented Midwest staff.
"If The Times had kept the pressure on the Flint story, the resulting journalism might not have made the 'trending' list — but it would have made a real difference to the people of Flint, who were in serious need of a powerful ally."
Michael H. Cottman, BlackAmericaWeb.com: Flint Water Crisis: It's Personal
Joe Davidson, Washington Post: Flint sullies EPA's name, despite efforts of individual feds
Errol Louis, Daily News, New York: What we don't know can hurt us
MLive Media Group Editorial Board: AG Bill Schuette's Flint water review tainted by campaign donations
Christina Saenz-Alcántara, Latino Rebels: Water in Flint's Latino Neighborhoods [Shows] Higher Traces of Lead
"Tonight, Donald Trump's months-long war with Fox News entered a chaotic and — for both sides — perilous new phase when Trump called Roger Ailes's bluff and announced he was boycotting Fox's debate to protest Megyn Kelly's aggressive coverage of his campaign," Gabriel Sherman wrote Wednesday for New York magazine.
"Instead, Trump said he would host his own Iowa town hall to raise money for veterans and let other networks cover it. One clear sign of the gravity of tonight's development is the sense of confusion that is swirling throughout Fox. The network is split between Kelly's allies like Brit Hume and conservative anchors that are furious that Kelly — who graces the cover of Vanity Fair this month — has become the face of the network. An anchor fumed that Kelly hosted Michael Moore on her program tonight and the lefty filmmaker defended her against Trump.
" 'That would be like Rachel Maddow laughing along with Charles Koch as he trashed Hillary Clinton!' the anchor said. One producer speculated that Fox could go 'National Review' on Trump and start attacking him. . . ."
"Robert Gates, a Republican stalwart and former US defence secretary who served under eight presidents, has derided the party’s election candidates for a grasp of national security issues that 'would embarrass a middle schooler,' " David Smith wrote from Washington Tuesday for the Guardian.
"An ex-CIA director who first joined the White House under Richard Nixon, Gates joked that if frontrunner Donald Trump wins the presidency, he would emigrate to Canada. He condemned the media for failing to challenge candidates from both parties on promises he believes are unaffordable, illegal or unconstitutional.
" 'The level of dialogue on national security issues would embarrass a middle schooler,' Gates said of the Republican contenders at a Politico Playbook event in Washington on Monday. 'People are out there making threats and promises that are totally unrealistic, totally unattainable. Either they really believe what they're saying or they're cynical and opportunistic and, in a way, you hope it's the latter, because God forbid they actually believe some of the things that they're saying.' . . . "
Chris Ariens, TVNewser: Chris Matthews: 'Who Is Going to Watch a Debate Between the Two Cuban Guys?'
Amy Davidson, New Yorker: Donald Trump's Angry, Perfectly Timed Debate Exit
Nick Fouriezos, ozy.com: Can Carson Make a Comeback?
Hadas Gold, Politico: Fox News: We won't give into 'terrorizations' from Trump campaign (scroll down)
Alex Griswold, Mediaite: Trump in 2012: Michele Bachmann Showed 'Great Disloyalty' Skipping Debate, 'People Rejected Her'
Janine Jackson, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting: Holding a 'Go Donald!' Media Accountable for 'Normalizing Extremism'
Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas Morning News: In GOP presidential race, 'The Donald' Trumps all
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: Could Michael Bloomberg really win?
Erik Wemple, Washington Post: Donald Trump, Fox News and the implosion of the conservative media critique
"Last night Hillary Clinton was asked what president inspired her the most," Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote Tuesday in his Atlantic blog. "She offered up Abraham Lincoln, gave a boilerplate reason why, and then said this:
" 'You know, he was willing to reconcile and forgive. And I don't know what our country might have been like had he not been murdered, but I bet that it might have been a little less rancorous, a little more forgiving and tolerant, that might possibly have brought people back together more quickly.
"But instead, you know, we had Reconstruction, we had the re-instigation of segregation and Jim Crow. We had people in the South feeling totally discouraged and defiant. So, I really do believe he could have very well put us on a different path.'
"Clinton, whether she knows it or not, is retelling a racist — though popular — version of American history which held sway in this country until relatively recently. Sometimes going under the handle of 'The Dunning School,' and other times going under the 'Lost Cause' label, the basic idea is that Reconstruction was a mistake brought about by vengeful Northern radicals. The result was a savage and corrupt government which in turn left former Confederates, as Clinton puts, it 'discouraged and defiant.' "
Coates also wrote, "Notably absent from it is the fact that Lincoln was killed by a white supremacist, that [President Andrew] Johnson was a white supremacist who tried to curtail virtually all rights black people enjoyed, that the 'hope' of white Southerners lay in the pillage of black labor, that this was accomplished through a century-long campaign of domestic terrorism, and that for most of that history the federal government looked the other way, while state and local governments were complicit. . ."
Coates added, "I have spent the past two years somewhat concerned about the effects of national amnesia, largely because I believe that a problem can not be effectively treated without being effectively diagnosed. I don't know how you diagnose the problem of racism in America without understanding the actual history.
"In the Democratic Party, there is, on the one hand, a candidate who seems comfortable doling out the kind of myths that undergirded racist violence. And on the other is a candidate who seems uncomfortable asking whether the history of racist violence, in and of itself, is worthy of confrontation. . . ."
Charles M. Blow, New York Times: Hillary Clinton Stumbles
Darryl Pinckney, New York Review of Books: The Anger of Ta-Nehisi Coates
"The news sounded bold: [President] Obama announced Monday he would ban solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons," Beth Schwartzapfel reported Wednesday for the Marshall Project. "But beneath this week's headlines lie the reality: almost no one fits that definition. When the Bureau of Prisons last counted, in December, there were 26 people under age 18 in federal custody.
"That's because there are usually only two paths into federal custody for minors: commit a felony on tribal lands or in Washington, D.C., where the federal government handles prosecutions.
"Even the few juveniles who fall into those categories aren't in actual federal prisons.
"Because federal prisons lack programs and services appropriate for young people, juveniles in the federal system are sent to local prisons and jails around the country. One of these is the jail system in the District of Columbia, which holds minors convicted of felonies until they enter the federal prison system at 18. Sylvia Lane, a spokesperson for the district's corrections department, said there are currently nine such people.
"So while there are juveniles in the federal system, the new rules would essentially direct state-level jails and prisons under contract with the feds not to put them in solitary confinement. . . ."
Center for Constitutional Rights: This moving story illustrates why solitary confinement is so barbaric. (video)
Dave Collins, Associated Press: Connecticut police taser minorities at higher rate
Jarvis DeBerry, NOLA.com | the Times-Picayune: U.S. Supreme Court says you can't punish minors forever
Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, Chicago Tribune: Nearly half of young black men in Chicago out of work, out of school: report (accessible via search engine)
Bill Keller and Neil Barsky, Marshall Project: San Quentin Puts on a Happy Face: A field trip to California's oldest prison.
Marcy Mistrett, Ebony: End of Youth Solitary Confinement in Federal Prisons Long Overdue
Alysia Santo, Marshall Project: Security Warnings by U.S. Preceded California Jail Break
"The cover of Variety Magazine's new issue, to be released Tuesday, depicts an Oscar statue cast in white, along with the words 'SHAME ON US,' " Robert Mclean reported Tuesday for CNNMoney.com.
" 'Tomorrow's cover on Diversity crisis will be a must read. As the cover line states, we are all to blame,' Claudia Eller, Variety's co-editor-in-chief, said on Twitter. . . ."
Meanwhile, "The Birth of a Nation," a new film based on the true story of Nat Turner, who in 1831 led a slave rebellion that brought severe retaliation in return, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, Brooks Barnes reported Tuesday for the New York Times.
"Critics responded with instant rapture. By Tuesday morning, Fox Searchlight had won a bidding war for the distribution rights by offering an astounding $17.5 million — a Sundance record."
Nate Parker wrote and directed what Barnes called "a blistering slave-revolt drama," as well as playing the lead character.
In another development, "The Panamanian actor and musician Ruben Blades also weighed in on the controversy with an open letter of his own, criticizing actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith and director Spike Lee for focusing on the lack of black nominees while ignoring other people of color," Fox News Latino reported.
" 'I find it troubling that the current complaints about possible discrimination or oversight resulting in fewer … non-white nominations for the 2016 Oscars seem to concentrate only on black performers," Blades posted on his website. "Latino performers are by far the most neglected sector of the U.S. film and television industry. . . ."
Ruben Blades, rubenblades.com: Will Smith y su boycott a los Oscars: A black motion picture superstar complaining about exclusion? (Jan. 22)
Dave McNary, Variety: SAG-AFTRA: 'We Do Not Have Enough People of Color' in Leadership Roles
Carolina Moreno, HuffPost LatinoVoices: Gina Rodriguez Tells Fans How Latinos Can Help Fix The Oscars' Diversity Problem
Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post Writers Group: Does racial diversity at the Oscars really matter?
Adi Robertson, the Verge: Virtual reality pioneer Nonny de la Peña charts the future of VR journalism
"Several days after a photo of six smiling girls wearing T-shirts depicting the N-word brought national attention to a Phoenix high school, the ripple effect continues to alter the lives of the girls, fellow students and the community," Kaila White reported Tuesday for the Arizona Republic |azcentral.com in Phoenix.
"At least one of the girls at Desert Vista High School may have lost the opportunity to play soccer for an Arizona university.
"Another has hired a public-relations firm to represent her, according to the Rev. Jarrett Maupin, a civil-rights activist who contacted all of the girls' families and coordinated one's appearance and public apology at a protest Monday. . . ."
Elvia Díaz, La Voz | azcentral.com: Is the media hype justified over Desert Vista girls spelling out N-word?
Editorial board, Arizona Republic | azcentral.com: Lessons from Desert Vista's ugly act
Laurie Roberts, Arizona Republic | azcentral.com: Protests? Death threats? How much punishment is enough for Desert Vista girls?
In late fall of 2015, I ran a survey of 354 Asian men living in the United States on their experiences at work, in dating, and in day to day life," Jason Shen wrote Friday for medium.com.
"As an Asian man born in China but raised in the US, I feel there's been a dearth of understanding of the Asian male’s experience. It's not often discussed, either between our own community, and with society at large, and we all suffer because of it.
"The survey is by no means comprehensive or exhaustive, but I hope it can shed light on some of the experiences of the nine million Asian men living in the United States and perhaps spark some important conversations.
"Most Asian American men feel they are treated worse than white people but better than non-Asian minorities.
"While proud of their Asian heritage, not all Asian American men think it's important to uphold 'traditional' Asian values in their lives, though older men (35+) are more likely to say yes to this statement.
"Nearly all Asian men have been made uncomfortable by some kind of racial stereotype, the most common ones being 'good at math', 'small penis', and 'good with computers.'
"Many Asian American men feel that there are still race-related obstacles holding back themselves and their ethnic peers at the workplace though they report very little overt harassment at work.
"Most Asian men have been asked 'Where are you from' where the asker is looking to determine country of origin more than six times.
"Most Asian men report dating and having dating preference within their own subethnicity (East, Southeast, South) though dating white people is very common.
"Nearly half of Asian men have heard someone say 'I don’t date Asian men' in their presence. . . ."
"First Draft," New York Times: Hispanics and Asian-Americans Face Barriers to Lower Offices, Report Finds
"Facebook bears sad news — the death of James Merriweather, a veteran newspaperman with whom I shared newsroom seats, laughs and not a few beers," Max Brantley wrote Monday for the Arkansas Times.
"He was 64. I hope no one minds the perhaps irreverent photo chosen from many on Facebook to illustrate James. It captures his personality and his glow in the healthy days before a 17-year battle with congestive heart failure, including a transplant.
"He was a somewhat foreboding figure behind an upright Underwood when I entered the Arkansas Gazette newsroom in 1973. It turned out that what might appear to be a scowl melted readily and often into a big grin. He was the only black reporter on the staff, a lack in journalism not much improved in the 43 years since. By the time the Arkansas Gazette closed in 1991, he was chief of the important Capitol coverage and a columnist.
"James was born and reared in Clinton, a rare black family in those parts. He was bused to school in Conway every day. I treasure the photo he posted on Facebook of youth baseball days . . . . He moved easily in a world that often didn't include many people who shared his skin tone, but he never forgot for a second who he was. He was a football letterman at UCA [University of Central Arkansas] and, with schooling in journalism there, embarked on his newspaper career.
"When the Gazette folded and we converted the Arkansas Times to a weekly in 1992, he was the first person I called about joining us in our slightly quixotic plan to keep a liberal print news alternative alive against the now monopoly conservative daily newspaper. He couldn't afford to leave the Gannett Corp., last owners of the Gazette, and moved to that company's Wilmington, Del., paper, where he was state Capitol correspondent for the News Journal until retirement. . . ."
At the Los Angeles Times, "The Editorial Board is gathering their pieces on the homelessness crisis in LA ," spokeswoman Hillary Manning told Journal-isms by email on Wednesday, "paying close attention to how elected officials are performing — since the officials declared a state of emergency last September and committed to a $100 million plan to address the complex issue — and they'll be adding coverage . . . at least through the time the plan is rolled out (next month). The goal is to hold city and county officials accountable throughout the process, and to inform and engage readers in a more focused and easy-to-monitor format. . . ." (video)
"The Knight Foundation just announced the latest round of winners in the Knight News Challenge and its latest batch of Knight Prototype Fund grantees: 17 projects in all, awarded $3.2 million," Joseph Lichterman reported Tuesday for NiemanLab. "This iteration of the News Challenge focused on how data can be used to improve communities, and many of the projects — such as efforts to track policing, make FOIA easier, or follow legislation — have the potential to aid journalists. . . . Eight projects will receive grants between $237,589 and $470,000. The other nine winners will be presented $35,000. . . ." Winners include "reporters who forced Chicago to fork over police data."
José Díaz-Balart, anchoring during the "Snowzilla" East Coast snowstorm, "gave Saturday’s edition of NBC Nightly News its best performance in almost 2 years," Chris Ariens reported Tuesday for TVNewser. "The 8.5 million total viewer draw was Nightly's best weekend delivery since the first Sunday of the Sochi Olympics, on Feb. 15, 2014. . . ."
Amherst College trustees announced Tuesday that the school would relieve Lord Jeff, its unofficial mascot, of his duties, Peter Schworm and Laurie Loisel reported for the Boston Globe. "Historians say his namesake, Lord Jeffery Amherst, the commander of British forces in North America during the French and Indian War, supported giving blankets laced with the smallpox virus to Indians to advance the goal of destroying their race." In December, the editorial board of the Amherst Student denounced the "outdated symbol of colonial imperialism and violence that in no way represents our college or our values as a community . . . ."
"Tanae Howard has been named anchor for Indianapolis Fox affiliate [WXIN's] 11 p.m. newscast, which the station calls NewsPoint," Kevin Eck reported Tuesday for TVSpy.
Paula Madison's documentary about searching for her Hakka Chinese grandfather's descendants in China will have its TV premiere on the Africa Channel on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, she announced on social media. Madison, former broadcast journalist and now executive chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management LLC, said that "Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China," also published in book form, will be available as DVD and digital download beginning Tuesday, with a Chinese subtitle version available.
"Ten of the nation's most talented influencers in Latino and multicultural social media will serve as the official All Star Social Media Correspondents of the 7th annual Hispanicize 2016," scheduled April 4-8 at the InterContinental Miami in downtown Miami, Hispanicize announced Tuesday. Named were Rosy McMichael, Karla Celis, Jairo and Bryan of Mexican Gueys, Caryn Bailey, Lizza Monet Morales, Jorge Narvaez and Nancy Salas, Alejandra Ayala, Ronnie and Lamar Tyler, Erika Batista and Eddi G.
"We seem to believe that since the Internet is, in many ways, the ultimate example of free expression, those permanently affixed to their smartphones simply will absorb the ideals of the First Amendment," Jeffrey Herbst, president of the Newseum, wrote Wednesday for USA Today. "However, since actual discussion on the Internet has been far from a model of reasoned discourse, we are seeing the norms of social media discourse transplanted from their electronic roots onto campuses. The results are at once a blossoming of expression and efforts that sometimes seem repressive. We have no reason to expect the situation to improve without a much more intentional discussion of what First Amendment rights actually mean. . . ."
"National CARES Mentoring Movement hosted its 'For the Love Of Our Children Gala,' which doubled as a 70th birthday bash for founder Susan Taylor," longtime editor of Essence magazine, theybf.com reported on Tuesday. "Susan's celeb friends helped raise over $1 Million for her cause too. . . ."
"A columnist for British newspaper The Independent has called on the BBC not to use the term 'Redskins' to refer to the Washington NFL team when the team plays in England next fall," John Eggerton reported Wednesday for Broadcasting & Cable. "The team will be playing the Cincinnati Bengals at Wembley Stadium Oct. 30 and the BBC will be broadcasting the game. . . ."
"When security guards opened the doors to Venezuela's colonial-era National Assembly building last Wednesday," John Otis reported Wednesday for the Committee to Protect Journalists, "I was among the dozens of reporters who swarmed inside. Even though the day's legislative session would not be called to order for another three hours, every seat in the press galley, located on the second-floor balcony overlooking the chamber, was quickly occupied. The enthusiasm was understandable because reporters have only recently been allowed back in the building. . . ."
"Al-Jazeera has formally launched its international arbitration claim against Egypt’s military government following what it regards as a prolonged campaign against its business and its journalists," Roy Greenslade reported Wednesday for the Guardian.
"TV cameraman Hashem Al Hamran died on Friday 22 January from his injuries following an air raid by the Saudi-led coalition in the city of Dahian, Yemeni province of Saada, media reported," the International Federation of Journalists said Wednesday. "Meanwhile, Al Thawri newspaper was been silenced by al Houthi militia last week. . ." IFJ and its affiliate, the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate condemned "such attempts to silence opposing voices and has urged the warring parties to respect journalists' safety and media pluralism in Yemen. . . ."
"Tolerance for dissident voices in Morocco and Western Sahara diminished during 2015," Human Rights Watch said Wednesday in its World Report 2016. "Authorities blocked events organized by the outspoken Moroccan Human Rights Association (AMDH), filed charges against five activists for 'harming internal security' after they organized a foreign-funded workshop on citizen journalism, and systematically prohibited demonstrations by pro-independence activists in Western Sahara. Royal pardons during the year included none of the many activists sentenced in past years in unfair trials. . . ."
"No one will say it out loud but violence, not refugees, is what the press is usually covering in Calais, France, the newest front in Europe’s ongoing refugee crisis," Marc Herman wrote Monday for Columbia Journalism Review. "Earlier this month, authorities in the English Channel port announced plans to begin bulldozing a migrant camp, called the Jungle, where between 4,000 and 6,000 people have lived for the past year. . . . When the bulldozers arrived last week, backed by a phalanx of riot police, only five or six journalists and a handful of local volunteers were there to meet them. Without a showdown, there was no story. But wasn't the media missing something? . . ."