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What the Judiciary Committee Should Ask Wayne LaPierre
By Frank Smyth, January 29, 2013, The Progressive

On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on gun violence featuring testimony from the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre, as well as Mark Kelly, the husband of former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Democrat of Arizona, who was shot in the head while holding a public meeting in her district two years ago.

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Guatemala’s Cycles of Crime
By Frank Smyth, January 13, 2012, World Policy Journal

For Guatemala and its majority Mayan population time is repeating itself. A former military commander and intelligence chief with a bloody past promises to bring law and order to the Central American nation. Worried about rising crime and the increasingly violent penetration by Mexican drug cartels, voters elected Otto Pérez Molina…

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Journalist security: An evolving field
By Frank Smyth, April 7, 2011, The Comittee to Protect Journalists

The garden city between the mountains and the sea founded by Vikings in 871 cast an historic hue over the discussion. Journalists from nearly every continent gathered this past weekend to discuss journalist security issues in a hotel in Tønsberg, Norway, outside of which a replica of a Viking ship was being constructed.

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Murdering with Impunity: The Rise in Terror Tactics Against News Reporters
By Frank Smyth, November 14, 2010, Harvard International Review

More journalists were killed last year than ever before. No doubt the world has become a more dangerous…

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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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