More than 1,400 journalists murdered since 1992

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Journalists have long been the target of authoritarian governments and armed groups, but attacks have increased in recent years. To mark the International Day against Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, AXADLETM examined why reporting can be so dangerous and what is being done to protect those on the ground.

So far in 2021, 35 journalists have been killed and 348 are currently imprisoned around the world, according to Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Without Borders or RSF).

Since 1992, more than 1,400 journalists have been murdered, according to RSF. And in eight out of ten cases, the killers are released.

Seven years ago, Jim Foley became the first American journalist to be executed by the Islamic State group. His beheading, filmed and uploaded, shocked the world.

For Foley’s mother, Jim sacrificed his life for the values ​​he cherished.

“Jim died for what he thought was the truth, for what he considered important. He felt it was a job that had to be done. He was single, he felt he could do it,” she told AXADLETM. “He loved it. He loved hearing what was happening and then writing the story, capturing the pictures to bring them back to the world.

Three weeks after Jim’s death, Diane Foley created a foundation, calling on the US government to do more to free the hostages, whether they are reporters or not.

Today, at least 67 Americans are being held against their will.

“It is becoming more and more dangerous to be a journalist, whether in this country or in the world. And I think it’s mainly because there’s so much misinformation – misinformation – now that it’s harder to get to the truth, ”Foley observed.

“Unless we hold people to account – those who attack, kill, torture journalists – there is no protection for them. “

Security protocols

After 20 years of reporting, often in hostile environments, Laila Al-Arian is now the one putting teams at risk. As the executive producer of “Fault Lines” on Al-Jazeera, Al-Arian has made protecting its journalists a priority and tries to follow strict security protocols.

“We try to find out as much as possible about where we’re going rather than just skydiving and being oblivious. So we do very thorough research, always work with local people on the ground who can help us. help understand the terrain I do my best not to send people who have no experience of hostile environments, especially if all the crew is inexperienced you are trying to balance that.

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