January 05, 2006

Deadly Profession

Reporters Without BorderGiven all the woeful reports about the economics of the print and broadcast journalism industries, reporters and photographers have valid concerns about their futures, but being killed on the job is not one of them.

Journalism, for all its problems, is not a deadly profession in the United States as it is in so many other locales in the world.

Reporters Without Reporters has released its annual report on journalists who have been killed, attacked or imprisoned. Among its findings: More journalists have been killed during the Iraq war, 76, than during the 20-year conflict in Vietnam.

The report is a stark reminder of the of the luxury enjoyed by all of us -- professionals and citizens -- to report the news, argue over it and express ourselves as we choose. Even as we differ about the future of news, let's not forget the ongoing struggle abroad and here to preserve the rights of the press and combat those who would stifle it.

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Posted by Tim Porter at January 5, 2006 08:19 AM