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Wednesday, 26 Oct 2011
Al Kaff meets the princess, as his wife Diana looks on.

Tracy Wood, long my friend, suggested I describe the life of a correspondent in Saigon before most of the Viet Hacks arrived. So here goes. Ernie Hoberecht, then the UP vice president for Asia, sent me to Saigon in 1956, not because of any news requirement but...

Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011
MetroFocus Web Editor John Farley, kneeling, was arrested while reporting on the

Like the Arab Spring uprisings, Occupy Wall Street protests raise the issue: Who should be recognized as a journalist? OPC members: log in and tell us your views on this issue.

Monday, 24 Oct 2011
From left: Michael Holmes, Cami McCormick, Hannah Storm, Santiago Lyon and David

The International News Safety Institute marked the launch of its North American arm on Friday, October 14. A panel of celebrated reporters and industry leaders spoke about dangers and risks, in what has been one of the bloodiest in recent years for those working in journalism. Watch...

Friday, 21 Oct 2011
Lisa Anderson and Stevenson Swanson flank author Jim O'Shea and interlocutor All

When Jim O'Shea took the reins of the Los Angeles Times, he sensed a shift from quality writing to quarterly earnings. After several staff cuts over his 18 months as editor, O'Shea refused his bosses demands to cut again. The stand he took cost him his job but also...

Friday, 21 Oct 2011
From left: OPC member Brian Byrd, panelist Dr. Hina Chaudhry and OPC Executive D

The OPC, New York Women's Initiative for CARE and New York University's Wagner School hosted a panel on "Humanitarian Emergencies: the Role of the Media" at NYU on September 22. Panelists included Allan Dodds Frank, Cath Turner, Dr. Hina Chaudhry...

Thursday, 13 Oct 2011
Hadi al-Mahdi, murdered in Baghdad.

Whatever its long-term impact on the cause of liberty and democracy, the Arab Spring movement has been bad news for press freedom.  To nobody's surprise, countries still cracking down on their uprisings continue, often viciously, to oppress journalists trying to cover the protests....

Thursday, 18 Aug 2011
Pamela Yates

Pamela Yates is a documentary filmmaker and OPC award winner, whose most recent film, "Granito: How to Nail a Dictator" is both a memoir and an investigation of the genocide that occurred in...

Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011

In a major setback for freedom of information, transparency, and accountability of government, a U.S. Federal judge has allowed the CIA to defy his own order and destroy 92 videotapes showing terrorist suspects being tortured.

Wednesday, 20 Jul 2011
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN: Sebastian Meyer shoots video on the streets of Kabul as curi

How do you become a foreign correspondent these days? In a time when most big media are cutting back and few jobs are to be found, one way is simply to take the plunge -- go to a place where interesting things are happening and start telling the story.  Here's how one wannabe morphed...

Thursday, 30 Jun 2011
OPC member and New York Director of Reporters Without Borders Tala Dowlatshahi i

To mark the 40th night of detention of Global Post contributor James Foley, Clare Morgana Gillis, Manuel Varela and Nigel Chandler, Foley's family organized a gathering of journalists and supporters at The Half King in New York...