In public relations, we can often be dismissive of journalists as lacking ethics, lazily reproducing press releases or too keen to promote “fluffy stories” about pointless celebrities.
But the survey by the International News Safety Institute revealing that over the last 10 years an average two media professionals have been killed every week, is a reminder how influential the media can be.
Duck News highlights findings that three-quarters have been “killed in peacetime, covering news in their own countries. In two-thirds of these cases, the killers have never been identified, the report said, highlighting that killing journalists in many parts of the world is virtually risk free.”
Sometimes we forget that reporting is a dangerous business – where some people don’t want stories to be told, and where “freedom of the press” is not an acccepted value within society.