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Tuesday, 21 August 2012
Journalist Mika Yamamoto, a veteran war correspondent with the Japan Press, died

Mika Yamamoto has been killed reporting on fighting in Aleppo, Syria, Japan's foreign ministry confirms.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Mark Thompson

The new New York Times CEO has a TV background. Mark Thompson, the outgoing director general of the BBC, was named CEO of The Times on August 14, succeeding Janet Robinson who left the company with a golden parachute last December.

Thursday, 09 August 2012

The toll compares with 124 for the whole of 2011 and 56 for the first seven months of last year. And 70 may be a conservative figure as INSI has recorded the deaths of an additional 30 news people where it was unclear whether the killings were related to their work.

Friday, 06 July 2012
Viola Drath and Albrecht Muth in June 2001.

Viola Drath, an OPC member, was found dead in her Georgetown home on August 11, 2011. Her husband, Albrecht Gero Muth, was charged with the murder. The Washington Post reported that the death “was the end of a difficult and sometimes violent marriage.”...

Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Overseas Press Club of America

Nora Ephron, an essayist and humorist in the Dorothy Parker mold (only smarter and funnier, some said) who became one of her era’s most successful screenwriters and filmmakers, making romantic comedy hits like “Sleepless in Seattle” and “When Harry Met Sally,” died Tuesday night...

Wednesday, 27 June 2012
The attack on the pro-government al-Ikhbaria satellite broadcaster began before

A day after President Bashar al-Assad said Syria was living in a “state of war,” rebels operating with increasing audacity around the capital were reported by the country’s official media on Wednesday to have stormed into a pro-government television station, killed several employees and planted...

Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Turkish journalists in Ankara, on February hold pictures of journalists who died

Anthony Shadid, the Pulitzer prize-winning New York Times reporter who died in Syria this year, had heated arguments with his editors just prior to his final trip into the country, a cousin of Shadid's says, and told his wife that were he to die The New York Times...

Monday, 11 June 2012
Barbara Walters questioned President Bashar al-Assad in 2011.

Syria has until recently been a country led by the cultivated, English-speaking President Bashar al-Assad who, along with his British-born wife, Asma, was helping usher in a new era of openness and prosperity. That second impression is no accident with the help of high-priced public relations...

Monday, 11 June 2012
Sebastian Junger, left, introduces fellow journalist Jeffrey Gettleman at the Ha

Jeffrey Gettleman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times correspondent, says he travels with "a small militia" whenever he reports from Somalia, a country afflicted by armed insurgency, poverty, and hunger.  Gettleman spoke to a crowd of about 100 at the Half...

Monday, 11 June 2012
From left: Michael Serrill, Tim Ferguson,  David Andelman, Melissa Chan,  Jackie

OPC member Melissa Chan, who was recently denied a visa by the Chinese government, was passing through New York and stopped by after the May OPC board meeting.