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Crossposted from ePluribus Media.

Via The Guardian,

The death has been announced of Mohammad Nabbous, described as the "face of citizen journalism in Libya".

Nabbous was apparently shot dead by Gaddafi forces in Benghazi on Saturday.

Known as "Mo", Nabbous set up Libya al-Hurra TV, which broadcast raw feeds and commentary from Benghazi, on Livestream.

Video from the Guardian article, via YouTube

A Google search on the term "journalists targeted" yields quite a few results, indicating the potential power and impact that live reporting can have on fluid, dangerous situations - particularly in this age of ubiquitous and instant communication. Any time that there's a potential for oppression through violence, those doing the oppression know how important it is to keep the truth hidden as long as possible. A few samples from the search results as of this report:

  • Journalists targeted in Bahrain, Yemen, and Libya:
    New York, February 18, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities today in Bahrain, Yemen, Libya to cease their attempts to prevent media from reporting on anti-government demonstrations. Bahraini authorities used live ammunition--including fire from a helicopter--against peaceful protesters and journalists, according to news reports. Pro-government thugs attacked at least two journalists in Yemen, and the Libyan government appeared to be shutting down Facebook, Twitter, and Al-Jazeera's website as a means of silencing reporting on protests.
  • Journalists Targeted by Warring Factions in Ivory Coast:

    The New York-based Committee to protect Journalists [CPJ] says both sides are using media outlets allied with them to disseminate their political message.

    Media houses have been used to inflame passions and win the hearts of civilians in both the south and the rebel-controlled north, says Mohamed Keita, the CPJ Africa advocacy coordinator.  


    Thirty people were killed recently when they marched on the offices of the state-controlled television station to demand the resignation of its director.


    "It is becoming unbearably dangerous for media outlets and their journalists to operate in Ivory Coast,” says Keita. He calls on both sides to “refrain from targeting the press or using politically motivated censorship."

  • Turkish newspaper claims more journalists targeted by ruling party:
    Turkey’s ruling party has a list of 70 people, including journalists and opposition figures, to be kept under surveillance or detained in the scope of the Ergenekon investigation, a daily newspaper has claimed.

The truth hurts. Sometimes, ensuring that the truth gets out can be deadly.

Be careful out there. Without journalists - and without citizen journalists - the forces of oppression and decay can operate with less fear of opposition.

We need to stand together, and we need to keep those who have given their all to keep the rest of us informed, and safe, in our hearts and minds.

Support your local citizen journalists and their efforts - remember, they're doing this for all of us.


Note: For those interested in the fate of the four missing NYT journalists, they'd been held in Libya and are now scheduled for release. Via the Boston Herald,

NEW YORK — Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have said they will release four New York Times [NYT] journalists who were captured during fighting in the eastern part of the country, the newspaper said today.


The journalists are reporter Anthony Shadid; photographers Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario; and a reporter and videographer, Stephen Farrell. In 2009, Farrell was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan and was rescued by British commandos.

Gadhafi’s son, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, told ABC News reporter Christiane Amanpour during an interview that the journalists were in Libyan custody, and on Thursday evening Libyan government officials told the U.S. State Department that all four would be released, the Times said in an article on its website.

[...Read the rest at the Boston Herald...]


What follows is an excellent piece providing important information about avoiding plagiarism. Originally posted in September of 2005, it was reposted again is February of 2007 on the old ePluribus Media Scoop site.

The piece contains extensive excerpts from The Plague of Plagiarism by Professor Irving Hexham and are used with permission.

Avoiding plagiarism and ensuring that one provides proper attribution for any citations and excerpts - and has a firm grip on the concept of "fair use" - is crucial to the ongoing successful efforts of bloggers and citizen journalists. We'll have more on the subject soon, too.

For now, make the jump...

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Since its formation, ePluribus Media has published a collection of resources to help members improve their "news" writing skills. The most recent publication was January 24, 2010. Although we are currently in the midst of restructuring, we've created the Citizen Journalism group here on Daily Kos in order to help start the process of re-introducing ourselves to the community, in hopes that people here will benefit from our work and perhaps join with us in our collective pursuit of fact-checking and reporting important events of historical, cultural and social significance.

If you'd like to learn more, make the jump and we'll catch you on the flip side.

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Good morning, folks. This diary is the first one posted by ePluribus Media under this specific account name since June of 2008, so we're going to provide both a re-introduction to our organization as well as some nifty tips and tricks regarding formatting images and text on DK4. If you're simply looking for "how to" information, we'll give you a good handle and you can add your own in comments. If you're also curious about citizen journalism, the role of bloggers and online investigative reporting, we'll hopefully pique your interest there as well.

Are you ready?

Make the jump, take the plunge and hang on to your spleen (or whatever you currently use as a substitute organ).

Today's ePM diary is written and posted by GreyHawk on behalf of ePluribus Media. Any errors, bad jokes or errata are his. And if you happen to find any feathers floating about, ignore them - he's randomly molting to create a new set of quills.

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From Carol White's review of Jeff Huber's Bathtub Admirals:


Those of you familiar with Jeff Huber's commentaries on U.S. political and military ineptitude — they appear regularly on ePluribus Media and on Pen and Sword — may be partially prepared for this incredible saga, but the story he has to tell is much worse than you expect and much funnier. He has written a hilarious parody of the U.S. Navy and an antic send-up of the modern military fiction.



Then read on, and either come back here to discuss or hit us up over at the ePluribus Media community site discussion.


by Publius Revolts

ePluribus Media has learned that the leadership of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division has reversed its  July decision and is now signaling its willingness to permit Voting Rights Section Chief John Tanner to testify before Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)’s  House Judiciary Committee.  Although a Judiciary Committee spokesperson has confirmed the reversal, the final date and time for the testimony have not been finalized. There’s speculation that Tanner in his testimony will assume responsibility for the Georgia Voter ID controversy, leaving Hans von Spakovsky, currently up for confirmation to the Federal Elections Commission, a cleaner resume.

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by Susie Dow

Susie Dow in her ePluribus Media Journal article USAID: We don't know how many contractors we have working for us in Iraq points out that while USAID -- in answer to an ePluribus Media FOIA request -- claims not to aggregate employment data, both CENTCOM and ITAO reported figures provided by USAID.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has funded over $5 billion1 in Iraq reconstruction projects. Yet according to a July 10, 2007 letter2 in response to an ePluribus Media FOIA request, USAID has no idea how many contractors are working on the reconstruction projects it funds in Iraq.

"... our USAID Mission in Iraq informs us that USAID does not aggregate the kind of information for which you are asking."

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by Susie Dow

In an era of privatization and occupation, we need to know how many contractors are working in Iraq. Civilian personnel certainly are performing military-related operations, but we don't know the numbers of civilian contractors filling in the ranks of truck drivers, cooks, service personnel and other logistic roles. Unfortunately, those statistics have been hard to come by.

To remedy this, ePluribus Media filed its first Freedom of Information ACT (FOIA) request for such information in June of 2006. Almost exactly a year later, Central Command (CENTCOM) released updated results of its census on contractors working in Iraq. This census was first compiled in response to a Memorandum issued by Robert A. Burton, Deputy Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) in the Executive Office of the President, with a subject line entitled: Request Contracting Information on Contractors Operating in Iraq, from the Office of Management and Budget, dated May 16, 2006.1

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Sat Jun 23, 2007 at 05:19 PM PDT

Going Down the Tubes?  

by ePluribus Media

by Aaron Barlow

Crossposted at ePluribus Media

The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet Is Killing Our Culture by Andrew Keen (New York: Currency, 2007).

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Hans Von Spakovsky: Right choice for FEC Commissioner? is a three part series.  Part 1 of this series covered von Spakovsky's background in the Georgia Voter ID laws and Texas Redistricting. Part 2 looked at his involvement in the U.S. Attorney purges and his advocacy of Voter Roll purges. Part 3reviews von Spakovsky's recess appointment to the Federal Election Commission.

The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration is holding a hearing tomorrow on Nominations to the Federal Election Commission.  Hans von Spakovsky is a witness and nominee.  

Part 2 - Hans in the Sockpuppet and Part 3 Permanent Recess Appointment are posted this evening.  

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by Adam Lambert (clammyc) for ePluribus Media
also available on the ePluribus Media Journal

Hans A. von Spakovsky has been nominated for a full term on the Federal Election Commission (FEC), having already received a recess appointment from President Bush in early 2006, despite his long history of positions and acts which have served to limit the rights of voters, especially minorities.

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a review by Aaron Barlow
crossposted from theePluribus Media Journal

A good reporter is also a good historian. And a good news organization understands and cherishes its past. It should be no surprise, then, that a book credited to "Reporters of the Associated Press" would be well written, well researched, and based on the best possible documentation. Breaking News: How the Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace, and Everything Else, based in part on the AP' s own files, is all that.  Published by the Princeton Architectural Press, it' s an imposing book, laid out with the care of a coffee-table book of photography (another field of AP strength) prepared for an upscale market. Unlike the average coffee-table book, however, this one is meant for reading as well as looking.

Add to that a foreword by David Halberstamand what a read it is!

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