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Hollman Morris, Labeled ‘Terrorist,’ Finally Harvard-bound
By Frank Smyth, July 27, 2010, The Comittee to Protect Journalists

For a month, U.S. officials in Bogotá told Colombian journalist Hollman Morris that his request for a U.S. visa to study at Harvard as a prestigious Nieman Fellow had been denied on grounds relating to terrorist activities as defined by the U.S. Patriot Act, and that the decision was permanent and that there were no grounds for appeal.

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Global Media Forum Cites Risks of Environmental Reporting
By Frank Smyth, July 1, 2010, The Comittee to Protect Journalists

He’s young, unemployed and carries himself with the innocence of a man who hasn’t spent much time outside his own village. But Egyptian blogger Tamer Mabrouk is the real deal. Appearing at an international media conference in Bonn, Mabrouk’s description of chemical dumping into a brackish lagoon…

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‘Crude’ Filmmaker’s Raw Footage Subject to Subpoena
By Frank Smyth, May 7, 2010, The Comittee to Protect Journalists

A filmmaker’s raw footage is much like a photographer’s unedited images or a reporter’s notebooks—a private record of their reporting that is rarely disclosed to others. On Thursday, a federal judge in New York ruled…

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FOIA Needs New Muscle Behind It, Not Just Promises
By Frank Smyth, April 26, 2010, Committee to Protect Journalists

These are busy days for Freedom of Information. On April 5, the watchdog Web site that knows no borders, WikiLeaks, posted a classified U.S. military video showing U.S. forces firing on Iraqi civilians, killing many, including two Reuters journalists, as well as wounding children. Two days later, the Pentagon posted a redacted U.S. military assessment…

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Uribe, Courts Hold Critical Journalists in Contempt
By Frank Smyth, May 27, 2009, Committee to Protect Journalists

Original story ran on the Committee to Protect Journalists blog Daniel Coronell’s name didn’t come up in a hearing this week on Capitol Hill, even though CPJ had just learned that a Colombian court had ordered the arrest of the respected Canal Uno TV reporter and Semana magazine columnist over his work. Coronell is one

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In Oakland, Progress in Bailey Murder Prosecution
By Frank Smyth, April 22, 2009, The Comittee to Protect Journalists

The killers of journalists in many less developed nations often work in collusion with corrupt government officials, CPJ research has long shown. For more than a year irregularities in the Oakland police investigation into…

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The Local Newsman – A CPJ Special Report By Frank Smyth
By Frank Smyth, October 31, 2007, The Comittee to Protect Journalists

The newsman was hard to forget. He carried a handheld camera to record interviews. While on the cell phone, he scribbled notes on yellow Post-its, sticking them one by one up his arm. He asked not only the first, but often the toughest question at many press conferences. He invariably wore a collared shirt and tie…

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