Much work remains to be done to improve the security of journalists in the face of unprecedented threats, including the spread of violent non-state actors, the shrinking rule of law, resurgent authoritarianism, and an industry shift toward reliance on freelancers. Journalists, news outlets, and press freedom groups must find approaches that go beyond traditional training and advocacy. A special report by the Committee to Protect Journalists.
As journalists face an unprecedented risk from the spread of insurgent and criminal groups, and news outlets rely more on freelancers to cover conflict and unrest, steps are being taken to increase safety and access to resources, including equipment and training in physical and digital security.
PHOTO: A journalist’s protective gear is packed ready for the next assignment.(Scout Tufankjian)