Journalism under Pressure
This report concludes the findings of a survey among journalists and editors in seven countries about issues related to safety and working conditions in conflict areas. The project was funded by the Norwegian UNESCO Commission and we wish to thank the commission for the opportunity to work with this important topic.
Every day we hear reports in the news about journalists killed or harassed. Safe working conditions are necessary so that reporters can get access to events and sources, and a pre-condition for doing their jobs and giving the audience and decision makers first-hand knowledge of what is happening at the scene of important events. As the pressure on journalists is a global issue, we have included seven countries on four continents in this study. An interesting part of this report is the comparison of the situation for journalists in diverse countries and, obviously, we find similarities and differences. Violence and threats against journalists are a global phenomenon, even though Norwegian journalists, for instance, generally have safer working conditions than do their colleagues in the Philippines. But Norwegian journalists are increasingly also threatened in Norway and, obviously, are at risk when they travel to conflict zones in other countries. Editors have difficult decisions to make before sending their reporters to places that could put them in danger; the objective of this report is to highlight the decisions made by editorial staff, as well as challenges on the ground in conflict areas.
- Journalism under Pressure
- Marte Høiby and Rune Ottosen (ed)
- HiOA rapport
- 2015 nr 6