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  • Journalist’s body found

    Swedish freelance journalist Kim Wall was identified by DNA when her torso was found in the sea. Entrepreneur Peter Madsen had invited Wall, a 30-year-old freelance journalist, to join him on what was supposed to be a short voyage aboard his private submarine Nautilus to show her his business plans. Fortunately the journalist had told…

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  • Justice at last for murdered journalist

    An Indian guru has been jailed for the rape of his female devotees and is also being prosecuted for conspiracy to murder a journalist. It is 15 years since the journalist, Ram Chander Chhatrapati, was killed after publishing accusations of rape against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. In 2002, Chhatrapati ran an anonymous letter in his…

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  • Fred returns to the battlefield

    A former Hendon Times sports editor who served at Arnhem in 1944 has returned to the scene of the battle 73 years later. CIoJ member Fred Harris served in the Royal Engineers in WW2 and was with the 7th Armoured Division (better known as the “Desert Rats”) when he was dispatched to Holland as a…

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  • Court ruling paves the way for more tribunal claims

    The Supreme Court has ruled that employment tribunal and EAT fees are unlawful and it has quashed the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 with immediate effect. The abolition of fees seems likely to result in a significant increase in new tribunal claims being brought by claimants, given that the number…

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  • Number of local papers halved in a decade

    The number of local newspaper journalists has halved in the past decade and this is damaging democracy, according to a report published by the London Assembly. Although publications in the capital are relatively “resilient”, this is masking the decline in quality, said the report, which was commissioned by the Assembly’s Economy Committee. Falling readership and…

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  • Is disability a barrier to being a journalist?

    Glasgow Clyde College student Kyle Gunn was told by the Scottish Qualifications Authority that he could not receive the Higher National Diploma in Practical Journalism. This was because his cerebral palsy meant he was unable to take the shorthand section of the course. However, following a “clarification” by the National Council for the Training of…

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  • Fake news, Pyongyang style

    Revelations by a defector from North Korea provide a rare opportunity to understand how journalists work in the repressive Communist state. Chang Hae Seong was a journalist for the Pyongyang regime’s Korean Central Television (KCTV) and now lives in Seoul, South Korea. In an article published in the Korean Times, he writes: “While working as…

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  • Appeal against death penalty for murderer of journalist Daniel Pearl

    The man convicted of murdering US journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002 has filed an appeal against his death sentence. Pearl was the South Asian bureau chief at the Wall Street Journal when he was kidnapped in January 2002. His body was found a month later in Karachi and in the sensational trial Omar…

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  • Inquiry after South African journalist is shot in the face

    The Parliamentary group reviewing South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) are calling for police to answer to how they are handling threats against journalists. SABC 8 Journalist Suna Ventura had two air pellets removed from a wound on Monday after she was shot in the face last November following a series of threats of intimdation. Police…

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  • Gambian journalists come home

    Countless Gambian journalists fled threats and intimidation during former-president Yahya Jammeh’s two decades in power. Now, as J Adama Barrow, a former Argos security guard from Peckham in South London, takes office with promises of a new start for one of Africa’s poorest countries and Jammeh begins his life in exile, some of them are…

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