Each morning, I go out to the edge of my driveway and collect the newspapers, which I read while eating breakfast and drinking coffee. We’re news junkies; we get a lot of papers and magazines.
From the comfort of my kitchen table, I read about the world.
And I silently thank the organizations that send journalists all over who often risk their lives to report the truth.
From the comfort of my home, it’s easy to forget about the Freedom of the Press. In the US, journalists aren’t killed doing their jobs.
Not so elsewhere. Too often the news becomes the journalists themselves. Editors, reporters, and photographers become victims of attacks when their work offends a regime determined to hide the truth.
Usually book parties celebrate the author’s achievement and welcome a new work of literature. In these days of ebooks, it’s always nice to see another book venture into print.
Attending the Committee to Protect Journalist’s book party didn’t emit that new book glow. Founded in 1981 to promote press freedom and defend the rights of journalists to report without fear of reprisal, CPJ publishes its “Attacks on the Press” annually. This year, they compiled a book, that includes essays by journalists and committee members, as well as the statistics for 2012.
At least 66 journalists were killed in direct relation to their work; 28 in Syria, 12 and Somalia, and at least one in 17 other countries. Of these reported deaths, 32 were murders and 24 were combat-related.
Most these journalists are local, representing publications and media stations that bring the news to the residents in these countries.
Then there are the unsolved murders and imprisonments- at least 232 journalists were imprisoned worldwide as of December, 2012. Add to that those in exile.
Sad. Scary. Sobering.