Journalism Under Fire

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Robert Mahoney, deputy director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, discusses CPJ's annual report "Attacks on the Press 2011" and the deaths of two Western journalists yesterday.


Robert Mahoney

Comments [14]

Amy from Manhattan

I think it should always be mentioned when the deaths of journalists & other people whose names are known to the American public are reported that there are many more civilians, anonymous to most of us, who have been killed in the conflicts these reporters are covering. Last night at a Mideast dialogue meeting, 1 of the participants told us that thousands of Syrians are missing, most of them probably dead, & that this may bring the actual number of people killed in Syria to as many as 10,000.

Feb. 23 2012 11:34 AM

In the industry there is the moniker "War Whore", which refers to the adrenaline junkies and war/disaster romanticizes.

There are great, thoughtful journalists out there but, there is also this flip side.

Why is a person with a family to support, putting themselves in such extreme danger??

Joao Silva lost both his legs in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, he has a wife and two kids that depend on him...

There is something strangely narcissistic about

Feb. 23 2012 11:01 AM
Elaine from Bronx, NY

I believe these journalists are very brave. They are unarmed going into harms way to get the story to the people. I am sure some are thrill seekers and some may not have noble intentions, however, they should be honored and remembered. War correspondents help write history.

Feb. 23 2012 10:48 AM

Ah, Hugh... not sure if that last comment is going to fly with the more :strident" members of the "community", here.

Despite being a cogent observation...

Feb. 23 2012 10:48 AM

The WNYC host just noted the Syrian crackdown on access for journalists and any trying to get the truth out. Will she note the Israeli shutdown of communications with Gaza during Operation Cast Lead or Israeli theft of cameras during its attack on the Free Gaza Flotilla? Of course not.

Feb. 23 2012 10:45 AM
John from office

7 Marines died in a chopter crash, story not sexy enough for coverage!

Feb. 23 2012 10:44 AM
David from New York

Freelance photojournalist Anton Hammerl was also killed in Libya by Gaddafi loyalists. For 44 days the regime told his family he was alive and in detention. The truth is he was shot and left to die in the desert. He is survived by a wife and 3 young children.

To support his children buy a print by acclaimed photographers or make a donation here:

Feb. 23 2012 10:44 AM

Do we really need to refer to Lara Logan as a "journalist"??

Feb. 23 2012 10:44 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Bravo "John from office"!

The media care about themselves first.

How about a "Committee To Protect Coptics In Egypt" or other religions in Syria, Pakistan and other super tolerant Mideast countries.

Don't forget... the crowd in Cairo thought Laura Logan was Jewish and eyewitnesses verify that.

Feb. 23 2012 10:42 AM

While there are remarkable and sensitive photojournalists out there, there are also many "cowboy" thrill seekers out there that can't live without the danger.

This becomes a form of war exploitation.

Feb. 23 2012 10:42 AM

There is also the phenomena of stiff competition in the industry and new technology that is able broadcast stories from anywhere. This confluence of competition and technology moves/enables journalists to take greater and greater risks to get their story.

Feb. 23 2012 10:37 AM

The Italian journalist was Giuliana Sgrena.

Feb. 23 2012 10:35 AM

Earlier today, NPR's Peter Kenyon pulled a sleight of journalistic hand, lumping the very sad accidental death of Anthony Shadid with the deaths of Marie Colvin and others. Is the WNYC host doing likewise now?

We should also remember that US forces have killed journalists and _worse_ have been documented on film _targeting_ journalists. This happened at least two times in Iraq, where the US twice attacked the headquarters of al Jazeera. There was also the case of the Italian journalist (whose name I am forgetting right now.) Israel is well-documented for attacking journalists. Chris Hedges documented this, as have others. Will WNYC note this? Dare I say, "Of course not."

These days, we have NYPD and others targeting journalists right here in the US.

Feb. 23 2012 10:34 AM
john from office

While these deaths are sad, I am always amazed how the press highlights the deaths of their own. While our boys and girls die each day. Press = heroic Military = those people.

Feb. 23 2012 10:24 AM

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