[ View the story "Reporting under fire" on Storify] Reporting under fire
The Stream· Tue, May 06 2014 10:33:39
A new World Press Freedom Index report
new data that suggests press freedom across the globe has "fallen to its lowest level in over a decade".
@AJStream that's so true. Even in countries which were built on free speech like America it's under attack.Chris Ak
@AJStream Our latest report definitely backs up that assertion...it's a worrying negative trend. #FOTP2014 at:
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all. #pressfreedomAzra Aysegul OK
The map below illustrates the degrees of press freedom around the world.
@AJStream the word freedom is a relative term that must nt be allowed in its totality. Some form of censorship must be in placeإبراهيم
@AJStream The challenges are very immense. Future is unforseen. You cannot know when there will be an explosion or other armed clashes.RC
@AJStream arrests by host regions. Death. Threats to their families. #AJStreamH.I | TASC | AWAS
Finland, Netherlands and Norway topped the list of most free for the press. China and Syria ranked among the lowest. The video below details a journalist's view of Chinese censorship, especially in the age of new media.
Censored: A Chinese journalist's inside viewCommittee to Protect Journalists
Seventy-one journalists were
in 2013, a slight decrease from 2012. The Committee to Protect Journalists
Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Pakistan topped the list of the deadliest countries for reporters.
About 2,160 journalists have been
in 2013, a nine per cent increase from the previous year. In Somalia, journalists
threats and are frequently targets of the armed group Al-Shabaab. Seven journalists were killed in 2013 and about 18 were killed in 2012. The video below describes the struggles of reporting in Somalia, Africa's deadliest country for media personnel.
Somalia - World Press Freedom Day (English subtitles)s-EnGGK7W8uCAtsmDRXjrg
On world press day the journalists in #Somalia are targeted with death, arrest and suspension. But no one can mute our nation #pressfreedomZubair Adan
Mexican journalists also
death threats and kidnappings with the rise in power of Los Zetas and other cartels. The risk of being killed over reporting has led to a rise in self-censorship. Some have also
new government media policies limit freedom of speech. The government strongly denied this.
@AJStream México. Independent media has been kidnapped by Televisa and the government. Those who disagree with them are quickly silenced.Brian Medina
"You can't kill the truth by killing journalists" #PressFreedom #Mexico
via @YoSoyRed_Sonia Ordóñez
In Pakistan, journalists encounter dangers from Taliban and other armed groups. Recently, Pakistani journalist Raza Rumi, who is highly vocal against the Taliban and other groups, was
by armed men March 28. The attack left his driver dead and guard injured. In the video below, Rumi and other journalists describe the conditions in Pakistan.
Reporting in Pakistan: Protecting Journalists in One of the World's Most Dangerous Countriesnewamericafoundation
@AJStream Pakistan -- it's increasingly becoming very difficult to operate as an impartial journalist interested in reporting the truthomar r quraishi
@AJStream lots of attacks have happened in recent months on journalists -- including several on my media org -- govt sleeping over itomar r quraishi
According to UNESCO infographic below, 1 in 10 cases of crimes against media personnel and netizens have led to convictions.
Crime & Unpunishment: Only 1 of 10 crimes agst #socialmedia producers & journalists leads to conviction #pressfreedom
#pressfreedom can't only be defined by number of jailed journalists. #turkey now drops on jailed journos list but freedoms are in decline.Frederike Geerdink
Many urged more protection for journalists.
@raisazaidi @AJStream through public awareness of the importance of the press and the enactment of laws that protect the the journalistsZubair Adan
#pressfreedom is only way to protect our journalist.They have less salary and lesser protection.And we have a high case about killing them.AnneVph
@raisazaidi Im not really sure. I guess the best thing to do is speak out, and hope the mainstream media take the hint.Sebastian Hahn
There were some mixed reactions in The Stream community whether they would risk their life to report a story.
@raisazaidi @AJStream doing good research, reporting & networking & taking time to get good access lets you make educated risk assessmentsRuss Finkelstein
@raisazaidi @AJStream Depends on the situation, the story and how much support you have from an editor. I think I would, though.Annie BergeronOliver
@AJStream I risked my life to tell the story of #TheWrongKindOfMuslim and I would do it again in a split second #pressfreedomQasim Rashid, Esq.