The Deadly Price of News

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.

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. 

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Heather Yaxley

Heather Yaxley is passionate about PR - teaching the CIPR qualifications, lecturing part-time at Bournemouth University and running the Motor Industry Public Affairs Association (MIPAA). I'm undertaking a PhD looking at Career Strategies in PR. I love sharing ideas and knowledge - connecting news and views by blogging on public relations and educational developments, especially relating to accelerated and active learning. I'm also a published author, qualified trainer and experienced consultant.