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Reporters caught between terrorists, govts: watchdog

Independent journalists gather in protest outside Egypt’s syndicate of Journalists in Cairo on February 8, 2015 to demand the release of their detained colleaguesJournalists are under threat from terror groups and governments who restrict civil liberties in the name of fighting terrorism, a US-based media watchdog said in a new report released Monday. “Journalists are being caught in a terror dynamic, in which they are threatened by non-state actors who target them and governments that restrict civil liberties including press freedom in the name of fighting terror,” said Joel Simon, CPJ’s executive director. The myriad threats, “from surveillance and self-censorship to violence and imprisonment,” make it “the most deadly and dangerous period for journalists in recent history,” Simon added. Non-state actors, criminal organizations and violent political groups pose a significant threat to journalists, press freedom advocates and news organizations, the report said.

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