The documentary about celebrated photojournalist Chris Hondros, who was killed in a mortar attack while on assignment in Libya in 2011, screened at the United Nations headquarters in New York last Friday, with an array of ambassadors and other officials on hand. The screening happened as part of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, a UN-coordinated effort to increase awareness of the hundreds of journalists killed around the world in recent years in the performance of their duties.
“It was a beautiful event,” says Hondros executive producer Riva Marker, who introduced the film to dignitaries and invited guests. “It was a room full of people who understand the importance of journalism. You could feel everybody was moved at the end of it.”
Hondros was directed by Greg Campbell, a journalist and close friend of the photographers. The film shows the courage and humanity Hondros brought to documenting conflict in Liberia, Kosovo, Iraq and other global war zones—work that twice made him a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His photographs depicted the chaos and carnage of war, and sensitively portrayed innocent victims ensnared in the mayhem.
“Chris Hondros was a fearless photographer and the world owes him and all the journalists and photographers a great debt,” said Byron Allen, Founder/Chairman/CEO of Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, which released the documentary theatrically, followed by an online release through the companys digital arm, Freestyle Digital Media. Allen added, “Hondros is a powerful film that gives these horrible conflicts the focus needed to properly address and hopefully avoid these negative events.”
Nine Stories, the production company founded by Marker and Jake Gyllenhaal, produced the film after being approached with the idea by Jamie Lee Curtis, an admirer of Hondros work.
“To Jamie this movie, and I agree, is all about the catastrophe of war, what war actually does to people on the ground,” Marker tells Deadline. “The result is that children are orphaned and people are psychologically damaged in ways they can never recover from.”
Stories of war, corruption, and official misconduct would not register with the public without the efforts of journalists like Hondros, an undertaking that carries enormous risk. According to UNESCO, the UN agency whose mandate includes advocating for freedom of the press, more than a thousand journalists were killed in the line of duty between 2006-2017. Many were deliberately targeted to silence their reporting.
“In nine out of ten cases the killers go unpunished,” UNESCO notes. “Attacks on media professionals are often perpetrated in non-conflict situations by organized crime groups, militia, security personnel, and even local police.”
The stakes were underscored Friday by Ambassador Maria Theofili, Permanent Representative of Greece to the United Nations. “Free journalism forms an integral part of free societies,” she reminded the UN gathering. “We truly believe that the international community as a whole has a duty to safeguard freedom of expression by protecting journalists.”
That sentiment was echoed in a video statement recorded by UN Secretary-General António Guterres to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. “On this day,” he said, “I pay tribute to journalists who do their jobs every day despite intimidation and threats.”
To focus world attention on the dangers facing journalists, UNESCO has launched a campaign under the hashtag TruthNeverDies, which includes a website profiling journalists killed for doing their work. Among those featured is Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist who wrote for the Washington Post and other outlets. He was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey last month, in what Saudi Arabia has admitted was a premeditated act.
The UNESCO campaign comes at a time when news outlets in the U.S. face vocal hostility from President Trump, who has repeatedly branded “fake news media” as the “true enemy of the people.” The Hondros documentary was in development well before Trump took office, but Marker believes its especially relevant in the current atmosphere.
“That what Chris was doing is being more and more challenged as each day goes by under this presidency is shocking,” Marker comments. She sees journalists like Hondros not as enemies of the people but as pursuers of truth.
“I dont know how many more people were going to find like Chris going into the vocation of photojournalism because it is so dangerous now,” she observes. “Theres no protection and theres nothing in place to make one feel safe doing it. You have to be so brave, so courageous to do it.”
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Home and Away spoilers: Shock for Marilyn and John as Jetts condition worsens
Jett is facing a new life as a paraplegic (Picture: Channel 5)
Tensions have been running high at ho..
Tensions have been running high at home for Marilyn (Emily Symons) and John (Shane Withington) as they adjust to caring for Jett (Will McDonald). Home from the hospital and struggling with his new life in a wheelchair, it soon becomes apparent theres more to his condition than physical injuries.
With the knowledge several of his men died as a result of the explosion in Afghanistan, Jett has been insistent he needs to travel to the funeral for one of them, having already missed the first one. When they return, Marilyn frets to Irene (Lynne McGranger) that she feels the trip might have been a bad idea. However, Irene makes the point that she cant shield him from that and it may turn out to be a good thing for him.
John says that Jett was talking to all the guests at the funeral, telling them stories about their time away and providing support, so he feels that it may have been just what their son needed. He also says that the funeral was wonderful, and how hes grateful it isnt Jett theyre forced to bury.
Meanwhile, Jett is sullen and goes for a shower, ignoring Marilyns offer of afternoon tea and her apology for the hotel mix-up, where she booked a location which didnt have wheelchair access. Later on, he says hes going to stay up watching TV, but instead pulls out the funeral service of order and sits in the dark.
In the morning, Marilyn and John find that Jett hasnt gone to bed at all. When Marilyn offers him breakfast and he asks for pancakes, they feel more positive, but then he refuses to go to physio. Marilyn and John try to support him, saying a break may do him good, but Jett says he doesnt want to go because he should be the one whos dead…
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Coronation Street spoilers: Rana Habeebs killer finally revealed as clues fit together?
Its been a long time coming – since the death of Rana Habeeb in the ruins of a collap..
Its been a long time coming – since the death of Rana Habeeb in the ruins of a collapsed Underworld, Coronation Street fans have been wondering what has led her to that fate. Someone with a grudge to bear sabotaged the roof and when it caved in, Rana was tragically caught in the crossfire.
By the end of the month, we will know who the killer is as Carla Connors (Alison King) mental health deteriorates even further and the identity of the brand new cobbles villain comes to light. If, like us, you have been conducting your own investigations (what do you mean, get a life?) then what have you come up with?
We have been looking deeply at each suspect.
The Underworld boss who has been driven to despair by the entire tragedy.
What would she gain? Short of cash, an insurance job might have saved the business.
Why she may have done it: The motive is there and it would be a mighty curveball for once for soap to have the original suspect as the actual culprit all along.
Why she didnt do it: It would ruin Carlas character a bit too much and would undermine the mental health arc she is going through right now. Additionally, Carla is too beloved by fans to take this route with and after all she has been through, this would be an unlikely crime for her to commit. Destroying her own factory on the day she was chasing after Peter seems unlikely.
Our verdict: Ruled out. She didnt do it.
The young teenager with an axe to bear against his former boss Gary.
What would he gain? Revenge. Gary humiliated him and he could easily pin this on him if he sabotaged the roof.
Why he may have done it: Seb certainly hates Gary enough to have gone through this and he has been impulsive and aggressive before without thinking of the consequences.
Why he didnt do it: Seb is currently head over heels in love with nail bar worker Alina and we think hed be showing a little more guilt and distraction if hed killed Rana as he is a good young man at heart. Also, Corrie are planning to make him a hero figure in the upcoming slavery storyline so it would be somewhat jarring.
Our verdict: Highly unlikely due to the slavery storyline angle alone.
The desperate builder with the most access.
What would he gain? If the factory collapse, he would not only prove it right to Carla that the roof was unstable but could have brought him a loooooot of repair work that would solve his money worries.
Why he may have done it: Gary certainly had the opportunity and knows the structure better than anyone, being in the trade. He has been acting strangely of late and if he can be desperate enough to get involved with a loan shark, it proves the lengths hed go to. He also fits the bill of the character with a good heart who does bad things and lets not forget, Gary was a wrong un when he started in the show so does have that side to him.
Why he didnt do it: Gary is focused on his troubles with Rick at the moment and out of everyone, particularly after his dealings with Phelan, he would seem most likely to come clean after realising he killed someone.
Our verdict: A clear contender for sure. Gary can go to desperate lengths.
The troubled alcoholic who dotes on Carla
What would he gain? Nothing personal but if it could help Carla out of a tight spot he would do it.
Why he may have done it: Peters all time love is Carla and upon hearing of her troubles, he would certainly be reckless enough to try a scam like this. And lets not forget, he was pretty keen that day to disappear.
Why he didnt do it: Sorry, but Peter would not let Carla endure all of this without telling her that he is guilty and she is innocent. Also, destroying baes business isnt the most romantic of gestures.
Our verdict: Peter is Carlas protector. It would be a shocker for sure, the biggest twist of the lot, but would it be worth it to chuck away the Carla and Peter relationship. We doubt it.
The business partner who recently stole from his gran.
What would he gain: Cash. The business was in trouble, Carla was going behind his back and he had his own financial problems to worry about.
Why he may have done it: With either Carla or Gary being the perfect fall person, Nick might have wanted the insurance as a means of paying back his gran Audrey. He has shown a rutless side by threatening David and robbing Audrey so hed be capable of this too – and would keep a cool enough head in the aftermath. And the investigation report (which he hid) doesnRead More – Source
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