Journalists across the world are experiencing issues with staying safe while on the job. They are threatened and are told to be silent or death will occur.
The Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) was founded in 1982. It is based in New York and is a non-profit organization. For nearly 30 years it has been one of the leading voices in the global press freedom movement. The CPJ is involved with journalists in over 120 countries, ranging from states to nations.
According to the article “Is the pen still mightier than the sward? The plight and protection of journalists,” journalists are stuck in the middle of it all. Robert Mahoney, Deputy Director of CPJ tells Media Global, another independent international media organization what is going on. Mahoney says:
“Most journalists are targeted. They aren’t caught in crossfire. They’re killed intentionally. It’s a form of censorship which is exercised by powerful people, whether officials or criminal gangs, to silence journalists.”
Journalists around the world are refusing to be quiet though. It is their job to report on the violent acts. These violent acts are making them a bigger target. By reporting on these crimes, the journalists are exposing violations in the international codes and protocol of human rights.
Mexican crime journalist, Luis Horacio Nájera, continued to fight for his freedom of speech. His family and he were threatened so much they were forced to leave their home. Nájera is now starting his new with his family in Vancouver, Canada. Mexican and many other journalists have been killed, terrorized and co-opted. Mexico’s future has been threatened by drug traffickers, violent criminals and corrupt officials which is controlling the flow of information which will further their needs.
Will journalist continue to stick up for their jobs and not be threatened by crimes? Will they be able to be protected as the years go by?