How To Better Protect Freelance Journalists Reporting Abroad

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These are increasingly perilous times for many journalists around the world. The massacre at the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, reminded us of that. So did the beheadings of James Foley, Steven Sotloff and, most recently, the Japanese correspondent, Kenji Goto.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 73 journalists were killed in 2013. The U.N. says that number rose to 86 last year, making the last three years the most deadly for journalists in the past quarter century.

In response, a group of some 30 media outlets and advocacy groups are calling for better safety and more training for their staff and freelance journalists — and for news organizations to take responsibility and support the journalists who work for them in dangerous parts of the world.


Charles Sennott,  executive director of The GroundTruth Project and the co-founder of GlobalPost. He tweets @CMSennott.


The Boston Globe: Create A New Culture Of Safety For Freelance Journalists

  • "As the standards proclaim, in a time of journalistic peril, news organizations and journalists must work together to protect themselves, their profession, and their vital role in global society."

This segment aired on February 17, 2015.


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