Friday, March 1, 2013

"unprecedented rise in the number of journalists killed and imprisoned in the past year






Via The Committee to Protect Journalists

CPJ launches 2013 edition of Attacks on the Press


An unprecedented rise in the number of journalists killed and imprisoned in the past year coupled with restrictive legislation and state censorship is jeopardizing independent reporting in many countries, according to Attacks on the Press, CPJ's yearly assessment of global press freedom released on February 14.

Launched at a live-streamed press conference at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, CPJ's flagship publication was covered by media around the world, including The New York Times and the U.K.'s Guardian. The newest edition of Attacksalso features CPJ's new Risk List, which identifies the 10 places where the organization documented the most significant downward trends in 2012.

The publication features timely analyses by CPJ and global experts on media conditions, press freedom violations, and emerging threats in every corner of the world, along with regional data and a snapshot of conditions in close to 60 countries. The online edition of the book includes essays that focus on the weakening of the inter-American human rightsand press freedom system; the looming media vacuumin Afghanistan; China's relationshipwith the foreign press; mobile security; and the prospects of a global press freedom charterin times of increasing challenges.

The expanded print edition of the book includes essays on the Taliban by world-renowned author Ahmed Rashid; citizen journalists in Syria, by prominent freelance correspondent Oliver Holmes; jailed Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega, by multiple award-winner Charlayne Hunter-Gault; and the risks involved in covering the news, by CPJ Honorary Chairman Terry Anderson, who was once held hostage for almost seven years in Lebanon.

Regional sections of Attacks on the Press are available in Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese. The print edition is published by Bloomberg Press, an imprint of Wiley, and is available for purchase here.

CPJ will host events around the world to promote the 2013 edition of Attacks on the Press. For more information on upcoming events, click here.