At least 30 journalists were killed this year, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, with 21 slain as a direct result of their work. Above, children of the slain journalist Julio Valdivia stood by his coffin at their home in Tezonapa, Veracruz, Mexico, in September. (Felix Marquez/Associated Press)
The Committee to Protect Journalists said President Trump’s attacks on press credibility have been “dangerously effective,” even as the pandemic kills tens of thousands of Americans. It has issued a report on Trump (penned by former Washington Post Executive Editor Len Downie) and the media and has written the president asking for a meeting — virtually or when social distancing is relaxed–to talk about its concerns and improving the press environment.
From Myanmar to Annapolis, reporters were harassed, arrested and even killed for doing their jobs. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 45 journalists were killed in 2018 because of their work. Reporters Without Borders put the figure slightly higher. By its tally, more professional journalists were killed in connection with their work in the first nine months of 2018 than in all of 2017.
Long accustomed to chronicling threats against the media in other countries, free press organizations are turning their attention to extreme rhetoric and threatened violence against reporters at home as President Donald Trump and his allies ramp up their attacks on the mainstream media.
Later this year, a coalition of organizations including the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Freedom of the Press Foundation, the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press, the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and the Index on Censorship will launch an as-yet unnamed news site to track press freedom violations in the U.S. The site will not only track incidents spurred by the Trump administration, but his election and anti-press rhetoric was a major catalyst in its founding.
Islamic militant groups were responsible for the deaths of two-fifths of journalists killed in 2015, as the total number dying during the year rose to 69. That is according to the annual report from the Committee to Protect Journalists. Broadcast reporting was the most dangerous job, accounting for 25 of the deaths.
An annual report by the Committee to Protect Journalists said the threats, from nonstate actors and governments, are especially acute for freelancers.
The lack of justice in hundreds of murders of journalists around the world is one of the greatest threats to press freedom today, says the Committee to Protect Journalists in a new report. While international attention to the issue has grown over the past decade, there has been little progress in bringing down rates of impunity. States will have to demonstrate far more political will to implement international commitments to make an impact on the high rates of targeted violence that journalists routinely face, CPJ says..
Turkey, Iran, and China accounted for more than half of all journalists imprisoned around the world in 2013, the Committee to Protect Journalists has found. In its annual census, CPJ identified 211 journalists jailed for their work, the second worst year on record after 2012, when 232 journalists were behind bars.
NEW YORK (AP) — Four foreign journalists were honored with Press Freedom Awards Tuesday evening recognizing their work in the face of severe reprisals, including physical threats and imprisonment. The Committee to Protect Journalists’ 2013 International Press Freedom Awards were presented to Ecuador’s Janet Hinostroza, Egypt’s Bassem Youssef, Turkey’s Nedim Sener and Vietnam’s Nguyen Van […]
The Committee to Protect Journalists conducted its first examination of U.S. press freedoms amid the Obama administration’s unprecedented number of prosecutions of government sources and seizures of journalists’ records. The report notes President Barack Obama came into office pledging an open, transparent government after criticizing the Bush administration’s secrecy, “but he has fallen short of his promise.”
An unprecedented rise in the number of journalists killed and imprisoned in the past year, coupled with restrictive legislation and state censorship, is jeopardising independent reporting in many countries, according to a new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists.
The civil war in Syria, targeted shootings in Somalia and continued violence in Pakistan made 2012 a particularly dangerous year for journalists, with at least 67 killed worldwide in direct relation to their work, according to an organization that defends press freedom.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 43 journalists were killed around the world. Pakistan had the highest total, seven.