Journalists Have a Dangerous Job

By: Aubrey Moulton

Evidently a career in journalism has moved up as a hazardous vocation. The U.N. claims at least seventy one journalists were killed around the globe in 2009. Last year there were tons of things taking place economically and politically and conflict was standard. Therefore, journalists were in unsafe positions and more were killed in 2009 than in the past 30 years that individuals have been monitoring this pattern.
Twenty nine of the total deaths in 2009 occurred in one bloodbath in an election-related onslaught in the Philippines last November. To date, this is still the most horrific gathering for journalists. But the difficulty did not end with this event. In China last year alone twenty four journalists were jailed and Iran wasn’t far behind with twenty three. The number of those in jail has now mounted to forty seven in Iran. They still try to silence bloggers and other internet users.
In the world at large there were one hundred and thirty six reporters jailed by the close of 2009, shares Robert Mahoney the Committee to Protect Journalists Director. Apparently things are only growing more serious in both the Far East and the Middle East.
Governments are trying to crack down on their critics. They attempt to do this by hacking into and destroying news sites online. This took place in Tunisia against the online newspaper Kalima. Iran has also tried to hush opponents via a government crackdown. And they are actually breaking into social networks in order to try and learn identities of both critcs and followers.
Of the 71 total deaths in 2009, 51 were murders and the other 24 deaths continue to be under investigation. Before 2009, the highest amount of deaths per year had been 67 and that was back in 2007. Although this might just be unsafe, don’t be overly concerned, there are plenty of benefits that accompany the post. They get to travel around the world and then report and write about exciting issues.
What better place for controversy and conflict than gathering the news?. That means journalists could to be with the military on the mountainside in Afghanistan, trudging along with Iranian protesters, or in China reporting about the pollution and absence of freedom in the press, or even in Haiti after the earthquake, and next gathering data on the outbreak of the swine flu.
The career can be dangerous. Just look at the two journalists who were imprisoned when they stepped over the border into North Korea. Tensions were high, since no one could see how this situation would be resolved, but in time they were both let go.
Because of the imprisonment and slayings of journalists, Mahoney wants to have the U.N. step up and be more on the offense in regard to freedom of expression. Ultimately sovereignty lies with the country and they can virtually do anything they want. Some would call that freedom?

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