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Capital Gazette Journalist Reports Live During Active Shooting

Capital Gazette Journalist Reports Live During Active ShootingA Capital Gazette journalist continued to report as an active shooting



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School to be named after journalist, undocumented immigrant

School to be named after journalist, undocumented immigrantMOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — At a divisive time for U.S. immigration policies, a California school board has decided to name a new elementary school after an award-winning journalist who disclosed in 2011 that he had been living in the U.S. illegally.



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EPA spokesperson calls journalist 'piece of trash' for reporting on aide's resignation

EPA spokesperson calls journalist 'piece of trash' for reporting on aide's resignationA spokesperson for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) called a reporter a “piece of trash”. Jahan Wilcox, who began speaking on behalf of administrator Scott Pruitt in 2017, told journalist Elaina Plott of The Atlantic magazine: “have a great day, you’re a piece of trash”. The insult was in response to a query from Ms Plott about her report on the resignation of one of Mr Pruitt’s top aides, Millan Hupp.



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Anti-Kremlin journalist defends faking own murder

Anti-Kremlin journalist defends faking own murderRussian journalist Arkady Babchenko on Thursday defended faking his own murder with the cooperation of the Ukrainian security services, after the shock operation was criticised by fellow reporters. Kiev has come under fire after it admitted staging the killing in a bid to foil what it said was a real assassination plot by Moscow against the anti-Kremlin journalist. Babchenko made a scarcely credible reappearance at a press conference in Kiev on Wednesday, more than 12 hours after the Ukrainian authorities reported he had been shot dead at his home in a contract-style killing.



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Journalist Arkady Babchenko's 'Murder' Faked By Ukraine To Uncover Russian Plot

Journalist Arkady Babchenko's 'Murder' Faked By Ukraine To Uncover Russian PlotArkady Babchenko, a Russian journalist and critic of President Vladimir Putin,



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'I'm Still Alive.' Ukraine Faked the Death of a Journalist Who Was Critical of the Kremlin

'I'm Still Alive.' Ukraine Faked the Death of a Journalist Who Was Critical of the KremlinArkady Babchenko, reported dead, showed up at a news conference very much alive



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'Murdered' journalist Arkady Babchenko turns up alive after death staged to 'expose Russian plot'

'Murdered' journalist Arkady Babchenko turns up alive after death staged to 'expose Russian plot'By Wednesday afternoon, most of of Arkady Babchenko's friends and colleagues had gone through the familiar cycle of grief and confusion that follows the killing of a Russian dissident journalist.  Obituaries had been written, travel arrangements were in train for the funeral, and Western politicians including Boris Johnson had announced they were "appalled"  Meanwhile, Ukraine had blamed Russia, Russia had blamed Ukraine, and both launched rival investigations to prove their stories.  And journalists in both countries, taught by bitter experience not to trust official probes into the deaths of their colleagues, pledged to run their own investigations. But then came a twist that no one could predict: Vasily Gritsak, the head of Ukraine's Security Service (SBU), called a press conference and announced the whole thing had been a hoax.  Arkady Babchenko, centre, told a Press conference in Kiev the reported murder was part of sting operation to catch a hit squad Credit: VALENTYN OGIRENKO /Reuters For a moment, there was an uncomprehending silence. Then a door opened, and in shuffled a familiar shaven headed man.  Arkady Babchenko was wearing light trousers and a black hoodie. And he was looking somewhat sheepish.  "I have buried many friends and colleagues many times and I know the sickening feeling," he said, by way of explanation. "I am sorry you had to experience it. But there was no other way." "Special apologies to my wife. Olechka, I am sorry, but there were no options here," he said. "The operation took two months to prepare. I was told a month ago. As a result of the operation, one person has been captured, he is being held," he added.  Mr Gritsak said Mr Babchenko's fake death, which fooled his closest friends and family, as well we international media and world leaders, had allowed Ukrainian agents to thwart a genuine plot to take the journalist's life.  Arkady Babchenko was a fierce critic of Vladimir Putin Credit: Vitalii Nosach/Reuters Staging the murder, he implied, was necessary to gain evidence of communication between the hit man and his handlers, who he said worked for the Russian security services.  Yury Lutsenko, Ukraine's prosecutor general, said the alleged plot had involved a Ukrainian citizen recruited by Russian handlers to carry out the murder.  The SBU later released video of what they said was money being handed to the hired killer.  While I am very happy Arkady is alive I am also angry and confused because my fellow reporters and I spent yesterday posting and reading memories we shared of him and feeling very down and out. This was apparently some kind of sting operation. I hope it was worth it.— Simon Ostrovsky (@SimonOstrovsky) May 30, 2018 The death and resurrection of Russia's most famous war correspondent is one of the strangest episodes in the bitter confrontation between Russia and Ukraine.  Kiev hailed a victory and Moscow condemned a stunt. But the move drew criticism from journalists and media freedom groups who said it undermined faith in reporting and played into the hands of governments who dismiss unwelcome coverage as fake news.  News of Mr Babchenko's "death" sent shock waves through the Russian journalistic community and opposition circles when it was announced on Tuesday evening.  Ukrainian police officers guard the entrance to Babchenko's home in Kiev after his body was apparently found Credit: VALENTYN OGIRENKO /Reuters Ukrainian police said the veteran war correspondent had been killed by a gunman lurking in the stairwell outside his Kiev flat late on Tuesday evening.  Police said his wife, Olga, found his body on the threshold of the flat with several gunshot wounds in his back and that he died in an ambulance on the way to hospital.  All of this seemed entirely plausible to those who knew him. The 2016 Kiev murder of Pavel Sheremet, another journalist, has still not been solved Credit: VALENTYN OGIRENKO Mr Babchenko was an implacable public critic of the Kremlin whose public statements had become increasingly abrasive, and the death appeared to fit with a pattern of murders in Kiev.  The unsolved deaths include that of Pavel Sheremet, a prominent Belarusian born liberal journalist who was blown up in his car in 2016.  The gunman in the stairwell and the shots in the back also recalled the deaths of two other prominent Kremlin critics – Anna Politkovskaya and Boris Nemtsov, who were murdered in Moscow in 2006 and 2015.  One Russian war photographer and friend of Mr Babchenko told the Telegraph he was "not surprised," on reflection, that his friend had been killed.  Babchenko had fled Russia over fears to his safety Credit: Akrady Babchenko/Facebook Several acquaintances of Mr Babchenko, many of whom had posted tributes online or even written obituaries for the Russian and foreign media, expressed relief mixed with deep unease over the deception.  And media freedom groups condemned the hoax, saying it could put other journalists in danger and play into the hands of those behind real murders.  "It is pathetic and regrettable that the Ukrainian police have played with the truth, whatever their motive," said Christophe Deloire, the head of Reporter Without Borders. "All it takes is one case like this to cast doubt on all the other political assassinations." Babchenko, a conscript in the Chechen wars, was a fierce critic of Putin Credit: Akrady Babchenko/Facebook Nor did it shine a light on the other unsolved murders – which some Ukrainian activists say the authorities have been distinctly reluctant to investigate with anything like the same level of commitment.  When a Ukrainian journalist asked about the investigation into "a real murder – that of Pavel Sheremet," Mr Gritsak replied: "we have a different topic today." The Russian government, which in the morning had condemned Mr Babchenko's murder and denied accusations of involvement, in the evening welcomed his recovery and swiftly condemned the hoax as "propaganda."  Poroshenko meets Babchenko to celebrate what he called a "brilliant operation." Not everyone agrees. t.co/U0BgtsYQNIpic.twitter.com/Fj9j8ll2Z3— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) May 30, 2018 "The fact that Babchenko is alive is the best news" said Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the foreign ministry. "The fact that the whole story was created for propaganda effect is obvious." The Ukrainian government was defiant over the operation last night.  Petro Poroshenko, the Ukrainian president, wrote on Facebook on Wednesday evening.  "I congratulate the SBU. You have conducted a brilliant operation to protect the life of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko," Petro Poroshenko, the Ukrainian president, wrote on Facebook on Wednesday evening.  Anton Geraschenko, an aide to the Ukrainian interior ministry, justified the pain caused to Mr Babchenko's family and friends by the hoax saying Sherlock Holmes had used the same tactic. "Wasn't that also painful for his relatives a Dr Watson," he wrote on Facebook.     



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Danish inventor appeals life term over journalist murder

Danish inventor appeals life term over journalist murderA Danish inventor found guilty of the murder of a Swedish journalist aboard his homemade submarine has appealed his life sentence but is not contesting the verdict, prosecutors said Monday. Peter Madsen “is found guilty in the murder of Kim Wall and has only appealed the length” of his life sentence, Simon Gosvig, spokesman for the Danish prosecutor’s office, told AFP. A Copenhagen district court on April 25 sentenced the 47-year-old to life for murdering the 30-year-old journalist, chopping up her corpse and throwing her body parts into the sea in August last year.



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Danish Inventor Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murder Of Journalist Kim Wall

Danish Inventor Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murder Of Journalist Kim WallDanish inventor Peter Madsen was handed a life sentence without parole on



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Sean Hannity Isn't A Journalist And Fox News Isn't News

Sean Hannity Isn't A Journalist And Fox News Isn't NewsEarlier this week, Fox News declared its "full support" for Sean Hannity after



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