Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Project Exile: After cartel kidnapping, Mexican cameraman fled to U.S.
By  • 9 February 2018
“What I prayed for was that if they killed me, they would leave my body in sight…That way I would not be a ‘desaparecido.’” The men from the Sinaloa cartel had made a mistake, and…
Nigeria press group in plea for kidnapped columnist
By  • 8 September 2015
A Nigerian press group has issued a new plea for the release of a well-known newspaper columnist kidnapped from her home in southern Nigerian city of Port Harcourt. Unidentified gunmen wearing police uniforms kidnapped Donu Kogbara…
Nigerian journalist who met escaped girls speaks out
By  • 22 December 2014
When I arrived they were like “Oh finally, someone came instead of covering the story from miles away.” [caption id="attachment_4333" align="alignleft" width="200"] Chika Oduah (Courtesy photo)[/caption] After the Islamic militant group Boko Haram abducted nearly…
After student disappearances, what's next for Mexico?
By  • 4 December 2014
Earlier this year, you may have heard of an incident in a small city in Mexico, where a group of 43 teaching students disappeared. The men who vanished in September were studying at a rural…
Mexican journalist abducted before peace rally
By  • 14 October 2014
A Mexican journalist was abducted and threatened on Oct. 5 for planning to cover a peace rally in the east-central state of Puebla. Miguel Ortega, a reporter for the RexRadio news outlet in Teziutlan, told…
Islamic State threatens to behead Iraqi cameraman
By  • 16 September 2014
Militants from the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL) have threatened to behead an Iraqi cameraman kidnapped on Sept. 7. ISIL abducted Raad Mohamed al-Azaoui of Sama Alah Aldeen TV and 20 other Iraqis in…
Three journalists detained by Ukrainian rebels
By  • 13 June 2014
Three Ukrainian journalists were detained by pro-Russian rebels in the eastern city of Donetsk in an effort to persuade them to report on the insurgency more favorably. A group of armed men deteined Alexander Bryzh,…
Body of kidnapped Mexican columnist found
By  • 12 June 2014
The decapitated body of an outspoken Mexican newspaper columnist was found in a garden on the outskirts of the tourist city of Acapulco June 2. Jorge Torres Palacios, a journalist and spokesperson for the local…
Ex-hostage Betancourt struggles to forgive
By  • 19 May 2014
Six years after being rescued from her captors, a former Colombian presidential candidate seeks solace in religion After she was caught during her fourth escape attempt, Ingrid Betancourt was beaten and led by a chain…
Syria spillover endangers journalists
By  • 14 May 2014
Kidnapping highlights risks to reporting on conflict in troubled Lebanese city By Margaux Bergey Journalists Jeppe Nybroe and Rami Aysha wanted to shoot a video story about Syrian armed groups kidnapping people for ransom. On…
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