When promising young students opt for journalism school, they probably are not imagining a career path that leads to an early funeral, but the annual report from Reporters Without Borders indicates that perhaps they should.
Reporters Without Borders is “devoted to providing material, financial and psychological assistance to journalists assigned to dangerous areas.” According to tracking conducted by the international organization, 2012 saw a 33 percent uptick in newsgatherers being killed while pursuing their calling, with 88 journalists meeting their deaths in the course of chasing a deadline.
An additional 1993 journalists were threatened or physically attacked.
In the photo above, activists from Reporters Without Borders—with fake injuries, tied hands and legs in chains—attend a demonstration on Champs Elysees Avenue in front of the Iran Air airline company in Paris, July 10, 2012, to condemn the imprisonment of journalists and citizen journalists in Iran, calling for their immediate release.
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Photo: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters