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Mexican journalist Hector Gonzalez Antonio has been killed in Mexico. He is the 6th media worker murdered in the country this year and the 3rd this month. Mexico is the second deadliest country for journalists after Syria, according to a Reporters Without Borders (RSF) report. RSF ranks Mexico 147th out of 180 countries on its World Press Freedom Index. Since President Enrique Pena Nieto assumed office in 2012, at least 42 journalists have been killed and there have been about 2,000 attacks on reporters. Since the year 2000, more than 100 reporters have been killed in the country, with most of those crimes still unpunished.
The dissident Russian journalist living in Ukraine who was reported killed in Kiev is alive.The courageous, controversial and contrarian journalist Arkady Babchenko had not been shot in the back by an assassin, as Ukrainian government officials and gruesome leaked photographs had led everyone to believe. In fact, he had faked his own death as part of a top-secret Ukrainian security services operation to catch real would-be killers allegedly operating on Moscow’s orders. What that means for journalism is unclear. We recommend these three articles: Committee to Protect Journalists, The Guardian, Columbia Journalism Review.
How to fact-check politics in countries with no press freedom. “It can get dangerous. In Iran, proving a statement made by the leader wrong is not like fact-checking the U.S. president — it’s a totally different thing.”
Is your fake news about immigrants or politicians? It all depends on where you live. Not surprisingly, fake news is “shaped by national information environments,” writes Edda Humprecht in a new paper, “Where ‘fake news’ flourishes: a comparison across four Western democracies”.
How an online satire magazine in Bosnia and Herzegovina ends up reporting the news and fact-checking its peers. (This is the third in a series of Nieman Lab stories on how online satirical outlets around the world develop their shows and sites under difficult national conditions and repressive, authoritarian governments.)
Covering climate change: What reporters get wrong and how to get it right. In an interview with Journalist’s Resource, Elizabeth Arnold highlighted how reporters following their instincts might contribute to public apathy about climate change, and how they can adopt a solutions approach to improve their coverage of the subject.
If journalism studies research want to be part of the conversation about the future of journalism, we need to start showing up. “Consider for example the International Journalism Festival, held every spring in Perugia in Italy. It can serve as a useful illustrative case because it represents a fantastic opportunity to engage with many different voices engaged in the conversation around the future of journalism,” writes Rasmus Kleis Nielsen.