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Press Review: Ugandans worry about cost of commercial oil production & 2013 death toll for journalists hits 70

December 31, 2014
tags:#children, #Congo, #corruption, #coup d'etat, #displaced persons, #drug cartels, #drugs, #journalism, #journalists, #Latin America, #Mexico, #oil development, #oil drilling, #poverty, #South Sudan, #Syria, #transparency, #Uganda, #war on drugs
located:Republic of the Congo, Mexico, South Sudan, Syria, Uganda
by:Rebecca Silus
When commercial oil production begins in Uganda in 2018, its revenue is promised to bring positive changes to the country including providing electricity to the 90% of Ugandans who currently live without.

Critics are less optimistic about the outcomes, citing lack of transparency in planning and that despite billions already paid out by oil companies, changes have yet to be seen. [The Guardian]

The Committee to Protect Journalists reports that at least 70 journalists were killed in 2013, 29 of whom died covering the war in Syria. The committee’s deputy director asked the international community to pressure governments and armed groups to protect journalists and prosecute those who murder them. [The Guardian]

After the most recent violence in South Sudan, thousands of children are separated from their families according to aid agency Save the Children. In just three days, the agency registered 60 unaccompanied children who were in hiding and had no access to shelter, food, or safe water. Over one hundred and twenty thousand people are thought to be displaced due to fighting. [BBC]

Armed attackers targeted Congo’s state television station, the airport, and the country’s main military base on Monday in what is thought to be an attempted coup. At least 40 people were killed before the army was able to regain control. [Washington Post]

A Mexico City-based journalist attempts to tally the deaths in Latin America and Mexico due to cocaine trafficking and asks North Americans users to recognize their part in the atrocities of the drug trade. [Slate]

Article written by:
Rebecca Silus