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Summer 2006

Journalists: On the Subject of Courage

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Courage, as these journalists remind us, exposes itself in different guises. It can be found in the wisdom of understanding when danger finally has outweighed the risk. Or it can surface when threats to personal safety lurk but the lessons of training combine with inner strength to push fear aside and persevere. Courage can reside, too, in a journalist's isolation when editorial stands taken shake the foundation of friendship and sever long-held ties to one's community. In this issue, glimpses of such journalistic courage are offered.

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Journalists: On the Subject of Courage

Summer 2006: Introduction

By Journalists: On the Subject of Courage June 15, 2006

Courage, as these journalists remind us, exposes itself in different guises. It can be found in the wisdom of understanding when danger finally has outweighed the risk. Or it can surface when threats to personal safety lurk but the lessons of training combine with inner strength to push fear aside and persevere. Courage can reside, too, in a journalist's isolation when editorial stands taken shake the foundation of friendship and sever long-held ties to one's community. In this issue, glimpses of such journalistic courage are offered. – Melissa Ludtke, Editor Read more

Reflections on Courage: International

Terror Unleashed

By June 15, 2006

Dare’s book was published in 2007 under the title “Guerrilla Journalism: Dispatches From the Underground”Sunday Dare has written a book, “Voices From the Trenches: The Story of Guerrilla Journalism Under Military Rule in Nigeria.” He is now looking for … Read more

Burmese Reporters in Exile Confront Different Risks

By June 15, 2006

Power shortages and blackouts are nothing new in Burma. Nor are news blackouts. In early February, authorities detected bird flu in Sagaing and Mandalay divisions but the news didn’t appear in state-run newspapers or privately run journals until the middle … Read more

Words That Made a Difference

By June 15, 2006

In the summer of 2005, Li Datong, editor of Freezing Point, a popular supplement that he edited for China Youth Daily, wrote a lengthy memo to the paper’s editor in chief, Li Erliang, and the editors’ committee in response to … Read more

International News Safety Institute:

By June 15, 2006

International News Safety Institute (INSI) is a nonprofit organization comprised of journalists working on behalf of other journalists. As such, it requires the support of concerned journalists and news organizations for its work to continue. Chris Cramer, the managing director … Read more

Reflections on Courage: United States

Two Sides of Courage

By June 15, 2006

‘Only after I left the foreign battlefields and returned to the United States did I discover the quiet part of courage in what it is I try to do.’ Read more

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