Dispatches: Why World Press Freedom Day Matters

It has been a ghastly year for the media, as we look back on World Press Freedom Day. Headlines are filled with gruesome attacks, notably the beheadings of James Foley, Stephen Sotloff, and Kenji Goto, and the murderous assault on Charlie Hebdo.

The deaths of Foley and Sotloff, both kidnapped by the extremist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS) while working as freelance reporters in Syria, prompted reporters and advocates to create voluntary guidelines for media outlets to work more safely with freelancers in conflict areas.

 

Read more: http://www.hrw.org/news/2015/05/03/dispatches-why-world-press-freedom-d…

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