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covering conflict zones

FRONTLINE/WORLD Media symposium

New York
September, 2009  
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This fall, FRONTLINE/World gathered a small panel of reporters, producers, editors and representatives of media-related nonprofits in New York to share experiences and discuss the challenges of covering conflict zones and repressive regimes.  The gathering included large media organizations like The New York Times, newer organizations like Current TV, as well as numerous independent journalists working with FRONTLINE, FRONTLINE/World and other nonprofit media outlets.

With more journalists becoming the target of kidnappings and murders, and as video and images spread with lightening speed, the conversation centered on the question of how to protect reporters, fixers and sources, as well as the urgent need to develop a set of security protocols.

We will continue to consult with symposium participants to develop a set of security guidelines and resources for non-traditonal media organizations. In the meantime, we want to share video excerpts from this event with the extended community of international reporters and editors concerned about these issues.

We hope this online presentation of our symposium stimulates a larger discussion and encourages other journalists and the public to join the conversation by posting comments.

The conversation begins with filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who recently produced Children of the Taliban for FRONTLINE/World

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COVERING PAKISTAN:
PROTECTING YOURSELF AND YOUR FIXERS
(length: 6:14)

September, 2009

The Taliban have so many splinter groups - even if you get assurances from one group that you will not get kidnapped, that doesn’t stop a second or a third group from kidnapping you.

Watch David Montero’s report, A Death In Swat

 

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The Realities of Embedding: Knowing what is safe    (length: 5:58)

September, 2009

We're getting to a dangerous point in time now in Afghanistan where the Taliban are gaining a kind of sophistication about the use of media. Marty Smith, FRONTLINE

Watch Obama's War where correspondent Martin Smith embeds with Marines

 

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When a Crisis Occurs:
North Korea, the risks and response
(length: 5:42)

September, 2009

To me the real question is about what is the value of journalism… to my mind the risk was justified. Joel Simon, Committee to Protect Journalists

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In an Internet, YouTube World:
What are the wider repercussions?
(length: 5:12)

September, 2009

Any responsible editor will remind them of the risks they're taking. And someone didn't and her family paid a very high price. Rich Tanner, The New York Times

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Freelancers and Small Media:
Working without the backing of large institutions
(length: 9:01)

September, 2009

It's coming down pretty much to <em>The New York Times</em> and not many other people that are trying to cover the world.

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Covering Repressive Regimes in the Digital Age:
Looking at Iran and beyond
(length: 5:47)

September, 2009

In the mainstream (media) only a handful of people dominate what gets told about Iran. Kelly Niknejad, The Tehran Bureau

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What Awaits the Next Generation of Reporters:
No guts, no glory? No war insurance for sure.
(length: 2:07)

September, 2009

My students are constantly surprised at what photojournalists tell them to do, which is 'Go there, be there, no guts, no glory. Allison Morley, International Center of Photography

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