UN chief says journalism dangerous profession

Those of us who follow global journalism issues and problems are not surprised but it is always nice to hear someone outside the profession state that being a journalist is a dangerous profession.

Thanks to Roy Greenslade at the Guardian we get to see a story about this situation.

UN human rights chief calls for journalists to get protection

Journalism is now regarded as one of the world’s most dangerous professions.

According to the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, the situation has become so bad that a strategy is required to protect journalists.

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To be sure, even the number of journalists killed is in dispute.

So far this year, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 35 journalists have been killed around the world. The deadliest country so far this year is Pakistan, with six murders.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) claim 52 journalists have been killed this year.

The differences between the counts is often because of the way the murders are counted and confirmed.

RSF: “Journalists killed” in the table includes only cases in which Reporters Without Borders has clearly established that the victim was killed because of his/her activities as a journalist. It does not include cases in which the motives were not related to the victim’s work or in which a link has not yet been confirmed.

CPJ:  We consider a case “confirmed” only if we are reasonably certain that a journalist was murdered in direct reprisal for his or her work; was killed in crossfire during combat situations; or was killed while carrying out a dangerous assignment such as coverage of a street protest. We do not include journalists who are killed in accidents such as car or plane crashes.

We include only confirmed cases in the statistical analyses in this database.


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