Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 02/2010

Under Attack: Practicing Journalism in a Dangerous World

Bill Ristow

December 2009

National Endowment for Democracy


Scores of journalists are killed every year around the world, many of them murdered for doing their jobs, and hundreds or even thousands of others face physical threats ranging from criminal beatings to kidnapping. Indeed, 30 journalists in the Philippines were killed in a single incident in late November of 2009, the worst such tragedy ever recorded. “If you work in the press freedom area, the fact that the people you work for are murdered—that makes it the most serious issue,” said David Dadge, director of the International Press Institute (IPI) in Vienna, Austria.