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Post Episode Seven: Reporters face physical dangers and political threats around the world

In Episode 7 of Post, guests discuss the safety of journalists in the United States and around the world.

COLUMBIA, Missouri – In Episode Seven, Post discusses the safety concerns for reporters around the globe. This show features work from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, Committee to Protect Journalists, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism, Consortium of Investigative Journalists and more.

Investigative Reporters and Editors Executive Director Doug Haddix joins the show to talk about how the dangers of reporting are embedded in the very creation of IRE and how the safety of journalists is becoming a growing concern globally.

Several tragic deaths of journalists are covered, including the 1967 murder of Arizona Republic investigative reporter Don Bolles, the 2016 murder of Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sheremet, and the 2018 shooting deaths of five Capital Gazette employees in Annapolis, Maryland.

Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism shares perspectives about reporting in the Middle East from senior editor Musa’ab Al Shawabkeh, Yemeni journalist Mohammad Komani, and editor and Syrian journalist Mokhtar Alibrahim. They discuss the physical and political dangers faced in the region and describe some of their reporting that has changed policy.

The second half of the episode features an interview with Alfred Friendly Press Partners Program Director David Reed. The organization helps train journalists around the world through fellowship and international programs. Reed talks about some of the dangers fellows have faced and the big projects some of them have worked on, including the Panama Papers investigation.

Post is a media review program from InvestigateTV, Gray Television’s streaming channel dedicated to in-depth and watchdog reporting. Post is presented in partnership with the journalism organization Investigative Reporters and Editors. The monthly program is taped at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, a partner of InvestigateTV.

LINKS to stories and organizations discussed in Post, Episode Seven:

History of IRE 

Killing Pavel documentary from OCCRP and Slidstvo.Info

Committee to Protect Journalists

‘I don’t know what else to do’: Grieving Capital Gazette journalists cover the massacre of their own newsroom, Baltimore Sun 

Capital Gazette Homepage 

Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism 

Syria’s Fatherless Children 

Homes of Syrian War Refugees Expropriated 

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: Panama Papers Investigation 

Alfred Friendly Press Partners