Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Violence Against Journalists
Christopher H. Sterling
Investigating stories, let alone actually reporting them, can be a very dangerous profession. Indeed, each year several dozen reporters are killed (or otherwise threatened) for doing their jobs, most of them in developing nations or countries with repressive political regimes. Being the bearers of bad or unwanted news can and has made journalists targets for reprisal for many years. Indeed, the problem may be getting worse. Journalists are special targets for repression because by shedding light on people or events they can rouse public opinion domestically or abroad. Indeed, news people can create or change the political agenda, and often have. Foreign journalists are often most feared in developing countries as they may have access to widespread distribution of their investigative stories. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1981 to track attacks of various kinds on journalists and to try to prevent them. ...