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By Anthony C. Collings

ISBN-10: 0814716059

ISBN-13: 9780814716052

If journalism is the 1st draft of heritage, then self sustaining newshounds are without doubt its such a lot bold composers. alongside such celebrated and high-profile figures as Christiane Amanpour and Wolf Blitzer, there exists a stratum of journalistsself-employed, operating below dire stipulations, and with minimum resourceswho usually position themselves at flooring 0 of global occasions. during this gripping account, Anthony Collings takes us into the area of self reliant reporters, and the day-by-day demanding situations they face confronting dictators, antagonistic army, and narcoterrorists. Unfettered by means of any ties to these in positions of energy, those guerrilla reporters are usually the 1st on a storywhether reporting on corruption in Mexico, equipped crime in Russia, or sexual scandal within the center Eastand for this reason face the brunt in their subject's wrath. Collings, who has himself been held captive whereas on task, the following focuses much less on these international locations during which the click is both principally unfastened (such because the U.S. or Western eu democracies) or aggressively constrained (as in China), and extra on these "battleground nations" the place the eventual consequence of the fight among nation and fourth property is still uncertain. hoping on interviews, specialist contacts, and his personal reports, Collings explores the dilemmas and methods of reporters who persevere within the face of conflict, repressive governments, and legal aggression, with specific emphasis at the function of the web. At a time whilst journalism is more and more a career less than siege, phrases of fireplace forces into the highlight a extra confident facet of the career, those that pursue journalism no longer for revenue or status yet as a private campaign.

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The threat of having to pay enormous damages worried the publishers, Chan said. She and Shieh had their own reasons to worry. If convicted of criminal libel, they faced up to two years in prison. This was an example of the kind of repression that comes not from threats of physical violence but from a lawsuit intended to achieve the same result: stopping journalists from revealing damaging information about the powerful. The broader issue in this case was which model of OPENING THE DOOR 39 press law Taiwan would follow: that of Singapore or that of Hong Kong.

Serious charges . . ” Faced with that pressure, Chan and Shieh had to make some important decisions. Should they go along with those in the management of their magazine who were considering the possibility of an out-of-court settlement and apology? “There was constant tension,” Chan said. “It’s always a tendency, the corporate interest, to settle. ” But for the journalists, a settlement and an apology were out of the question. “I did nothing wrong,” Chan said. “Credibility is the only asset I have.

Masyuk and her crew wanted to get the tapes to a location where they could transmit her report to NTV, Russia’s only independent national television network. But that report was never seen by viewers. Six masked gunmen ambushed the car and forced Masyuk and her crew into another car. They took them from one location to another. Masyuk, thirty-one years old, was beaten. Her captors seized her personal possessions, including an icon she wore around her neck. At last, apparently out for ransom money, they took Masyuk and her crew to a cold, wet cave thirteen hundred feet up in the Caucasus Mountains.

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