The Economist writes of the danger for journalists in Pakistan following the recent shooting of one of the country's most famous television journalists, Hamid Mir. The magazine notes that his shooting is further evidence of an intimidation of liberal voices in Pakistan and a suppression of national discourse. Only a few dare challenge the radical religious right, it says.
Last week, VICE reporter Simon Ostrovsky was held for three days by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine. He spoke this weekend, following his release, of the violent captivity that involved beatings and intimidation.
Al Jazeera journalists have been on trial in Egypt and the network has been shuttered there, and to date there has been a restrained corporate response in the belief that common sense would prevail. Now, though, the network has decided to launch a lawsuit for $150 million in damages against the Egyptian government for the detention and trial. The matter will be referred to international arbitration in six months if not settled, the company says.