Risky Business
In a study of murdered journalists around the world, it’s local journalists covering politics that bare the most risk.
Via National Geographic:

Since 1992, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) calculates that 918 journalists have been killed, for simply doing their job in the ‘wrong place’ at the wrong time. Top of the list of danger hotspots for journalists is (perhaps not surprisingly) Iraq, with 151 ‘motive confirmed’ killings since 1992. The Philippines exhibit the next highest number of journalist killings with 72, followed by Algeria with 60; Russia with 53, and Colombia with 43 (unexpectedly, Afghanistan trails in at number 10 on the index, with 24).
These figures differ from many other indices reporting violence against journalists because the CPJ investigates each journalist death and includes the case in the ‘motive confirmed’ index only if they are confident that the journalist was murdered in reprisal for his or her work, or was killed while completing a dangerous assignment such as reporting on a combat situation or a street protest…
…While many of these are foreign journalists, reporting on conflicts, political instability, civil unrest, or corruption for the audience back home, local journalists face much higher stakes. In fact, local journalists are almost seven times more likely to be killed for doing their jobs than foreign journalists…
…[W]hat is the riskiest subject for a journalist to cover? The CPJ finds it to be politics; 40% of journalists killed were on the political beat, compared to 34% covering war. Keep in mind that although 34% of journalists were covering war when they were killed, only 18% of journalist deaths were actually a result of cross-fire or other combat-zone causes. Some 70% were reprisals – covering war can be dangerous in more ways than might be expected. Local journalists in particular are at high risk of reprisals for providing war coverage..

Bonus: See the Committee to Protect Journalists’ special report, Getting Away with Murder, from earlier this year. A PDF of the report can be downloaded here.
Image: Pakistani reporter Saleem Shahzad was murdered after reporting that Al-Qaeda was behind this May 2011 attack on a Karachi naval base. (Reuters/Athar Hussain). Via CPJ.

Risky Business

In a study of murdered journalists around the world, it’s local journalists covering politics that bare the most risk.

Via National Geographic:

Since 1992, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) calculates that 918 journalists have been killed, for simply doing their job in the ‘wrong place’ at the wrong time. Top of the list of danger hotspots for journalists is (perhaps not surprisingly) Iraq, with 151 ‘motive confirmed’ killings since 1992. The Philippines exhibit the next highest number of journalist killings with 72, followed by Algeria with 60; Russia with 53, and Colombia with 43 (unexpectedly, Afghanistan trails in at number 10 on the index, with 24).

These figures differ from many other indices reporting violence against journalists because the CPJ investigates each journalist death and includes the case in the ‘motive confirmed’ index only if they are confident that the journalist was murdered in reprisal for his or her work, or was killed while completing a dangerous assignment such as reporting on a combat situation or a street protest…

…While many of these are foreign journalists, reporting on conflicts, political instability, civil unrest, or corruption for the audience back home, local journalists face much higher stakes. In fact, local journalists are almost seven times more likely to be killed for doing their jobs than foreign journalists…

…[W]hat is the riskiest subject for a journalist to cover? The CPJ finds it to be politics; 40% of journalists killed were on the political beat, compared to 34% covering war. Keep in mind that although 34% of journalists were covering war when they were killed, only 18% of journalist deaths were actually a result of cross-fire or other combat-zone causes. Some 70% were reprisals – covering war can be dangerous in more ways than might be expected. Local journalists in particular are at high risk of reprisals for providing war coverage..

Bonus: See the Committee to Protect Journalists’ special report, Getting Away with Murder, from earlier this year. A PDF of the report can be downloaded here.

Image: Pakistani reporter Saleem Shahzad was murdered after reporting that Al-Qaeda was behind this May 2011 attack on a Karachi naval base. (Reuters/Athar Hussain). Via CPJ.

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