Al Jazeera English will air an hour-long special, "Journalism is Not a Crime," on Dec. 29, part of the news organization's press freedom campaign urging the release of three of its journalists incarcerated in Egypt for the past year.
Samantha Libby, previously with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, has joined the Committee to Protect Journalists, New York, as communications associate. PR vets Gypsy Kaiser and Magnus Ag left CPJ.
A Staten Island grand jury has voted not to indict a policeman in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. The 43-year-old unarmed black man was arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes. New York's medical examiner had ruled that the chokehold caused Garner's death. Police brace for protests in the city.
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