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Authorities Continue Targeting Journalists, Including in the U.S.

Mar 9, 2021

The Hill reported that the journalism watchdog group Reporters without Borders filed a criminal complaint in Germany against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other officials over the murder of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the detention of other journalists.

The complaint was filed after the release of a report by the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which found the crown prince “approved an operation … to capture or kill” Khashoggi.

Meanwhile, NPR reported recently that three Afghan female journalists were killed in the eastern part of the country. It's part of an on-going wave of assassinations aimed at journalists and human rights activists.

And Iowa Public Radio reported that an Iowa journalist is being tried on charges stemming from her coverage of a protest against racial injustice.  Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri was pepper sprayed and arrested while reporting on a clash between protesters and police.

Shop Talk is a weekly panel discussion about journalism issues.  This week’s program featured Will Buss, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and advises the student editors at the Western Courier, the students at student radio station The Dog, and the WIU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists; Rajvee Subramanian, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University; and TSPR News Director Rich Egger.

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