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Killing the messenger, when journalists become targets

February 22nd, 2013
05:41 PM ET

By Claire Calzonetti, CNN

For generations journalists have risked their lives and given their lives – covering wars, human disasters and uncovering dark and ugly crimes.

Over the past several years the targets of these stories have increasingly turned their guns on the truth-seekers: the journalists.

Exactly one year ago veteran foreign correspondent Marie Colvin – a legend in journalism – was killed by a shelling attack in Syria. French photographer Remi Ochlik was killed alongside her.

British photographer Paul Conroy, who survived that attack, says he is sure they were specifically targeted.

The Committee to Protect Journalists says 70 journalists were killed in 2012, a 49% increase from the previous year.

232 journalists are imprisoned around the world and 35 are missing.

A new campaign called "A Day Without News" is trying to raise awareness and bring penalties to those who target journalists.

One of the leading voices in that campaign belongs to New York Times photographer Lynsey Addario.

In the video above CNN’s Christiane Amanpour speaks with Addario about the campaign and discusses how she and three of her colleagues were abducted while covering the Libyan revolution and held for six terrifying days.

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  1. JIm

    So when things go boom, head in the opposite direction and make up the news like you do in any case.

    As we say in the military, a sucking chest wound is nature's way of telling you that you are too close to the enemy.

    February 22, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Reply
    • BobZemko

      What the h*ll are you trying to say?

      February 26, 2013 at 10:21 am | Reply
  2. K.

    I can't imagine !

    All my support !

    February 23, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  3. Conrad Berlouis

    "A Day Without News" That's very, very, interesting. Several years ago, I was musing with the idea that if all the world's media would stop broadcasting (or publishing) any news for a week, that would put politicians on their toes, and get them to respect "messengers" (journalists) and not harass in their pursuit of in their profession. By the way, they have managed to kill messengers, but they have failed in their bid the message.

    Conrad Berlouis, Media Freelancer, Seychelles Islands.

    February 24, 2013 at 4:20 am | Reply
    • JS

      Most people who call themselves 'journalists' aren't–they are news readers, and usually highly-opinionated ones at that.

      February 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  4. Des Currie

    Journalists are not impartial. So why does anyone think they are a part of the conflict?
    Des Currie

    February 24, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  5. raj

    Journalism a way by which you get to aware whats happening in the neighbouring country of course you dont visit often may not be a single time in your life time but still possible to keep track of the activities and on the front line are some brave souls who think just news and happenings people has been barbaric over the years too much of bloodshed over the recent era its not new to civilization but the question is why so after we say we are developed and educated lets revind and think is killing really necessary to prove your point does the bloodshed justifies your act....

    February 25, 2013 at 2:47 am | Reply
  6. Babita

    R.I.P Ranjeet kumar excellent writer/journalist in india killed for writing against the hindu extremist party shiv sena renowned for his daring coverage of the gujrat muslim massacre by the govt in power and extremist hindus!!

    February 25, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Reply
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    its unfortunate people who inform and criticize policies affecting people becomes target instead of tackling the problem

    February 27, 2013 at 6:27 am | Reply
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