Monday, July 2, 2007

Grim Statistics: kill the messenger

We are now into the second half of 2007, and the risks of reporting are increasing. So far this year, 50 journalists and 8 fixers have been killed, 125 journalists and six fixers jailed, plus 66 cyberdissidents held in detention, according to the NGO
Reporters Without Borders. It is unacceptable that the media death toll is skyrocketing: in all of 2006, 84 were killed, compared to 63 reporter deaths last year and 25 in 2002.
Not all were accidents or 'getting caught in crossfire' while covering combat zones; many victims were intrepid beat reporters targetted while exposing injustices. It's important to stay safe out there. Accordingly, Reporters Without Borders offers the following:

Insurance for freelance journalists

Loan of bulletproof jackets, helmets and personal distress beacons

First-aid kits

A hotline for journalists in danger

The Practical Guide for journalists

Training for journalists on dangerous assignments

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