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In U.S., Dangerous Misconceptions from TSA Poster
By Frank Smyth, October 1, 2010, The Comittee to Protect Journalists

Back in 2004, Iraqi gunmen loyal to the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr abducted U.S. freelance photographer Paul Taggert because, as they later told The Associated Press, they thought he was a spy. Now, a new poster from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration reinforces dangerous…

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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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Painting the Maya Red: Military Doctrine and Speech in Guatemala’s Genocidal Acts
By Frank Smyth, May 5, 2010, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

The bloodshed woven through the fabric of Guatemalan society remains a rarely told story. One reason for the ongoing lack of attention is the impunity that has long…

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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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El Salvador’s Cold War Martyrs
By Frank Smyth, November 11, 2009, CommonDreams.org

The curfew broke after dawn. But the massacre took place in the middle of the night. The high command of the Salvadoran armed forces, who were receiving a million dollars a day in U.S. aid, made their decision near midnight. They had been on the defensive over the past…

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