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War on Words: Who Should Protect Journalists? [Hardcover]

Joanne M. Lisosky , Jennifer R. Henrichsen

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July 13, 2011 0313385572 978-0313385575

Violent criminals and corrupt governmental officials harass, co-opt, and kill local and foreign journalists in countries from Mexico to Afghanistan, to Russia and the Philippines. Staggeringly, there has been little or no prosecution in 89 percent of journalist murders worldwide. Such widespread impunity is arguably one of the greatest threats to press freedom. A number of international organizations and advocates have developed efforts to mitigate this problem, but belligerents continue to act with few restraints and little, if any, accountability.

War on Words: Who Should Protect Journalists? is an examination of the deteriorating and dangerous environment facing journalists and what stakeholders are doing to address this serious problem threatening democracy worldwide. The authors explore the peril facing journalists, delve into the legal and practical history of press protection, evaluate current safety strategies for journalists, and gather opinions from an array of local and international correspondents and practitioners on how to improve this untenable situation.


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"War on Words is a valuable and thoroughly researched work, which highlights the need to protect those who, while telling us what we need to know, can find themselves in the line of fire. It faces us with the major issues of protection, impunity--and responsibility." - Tina Carr, director of the Rory Peck Trust

"In the new battlegrounds of global corruption, repression and cultural violence, democracy--and journalism--are targeted. This book is a must-read for every would-be reporter and democracy-seeking citizen." - Ross Howard, journalist, trainer, and president of Media&Democracy Group

"War on Words provides a sobering reality check on the threat of the sword to the pen. The authors also examine, critique and recommend a host of alternatives to safeguard journalists in an age in which journalists have become clear targets." - Michelle Betz, Betz International Media Consulting

"Lisosky and Henrichsen do an important service to journalism studies by addressing the topic empirically and demonstrating the salience of an issue on which the international community has been slow to face up to its responsibilities...." - Book review by William Horsley (Centre for Freedom of the Media) in Journalism.

"This is a valuable sourcebook on the safety of journalists in dangerous locations around the globe. . . . The authors correctly observe that cooperation among journalism advocacy groups is critical to such efforts. Summing Up: Recommended." - Choice

"With journalists under fire and under attack around the globe, with blurred definitions of who really is a journalist in our new media world of iPhones, flipcams, and tweets, Joanne Lisosky and Jennifer Henrichsen have written a well-timed and sorely needed book about what protections are in place and what new measures should be considered to better protect those who risk all to provide ground truth." - (John Owen, Professor of International Journalism, City University)

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According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), more than 860 journalists have been killed while doing their jobs since 1992. Nearly nine out of ten journalists killed on the job were murdered or otherwise killed within their own nation. In the first five months of 2011, the Committee reports that journalists have died while reporting in Libya, Bahrain, Iraq, Mexico, Yemen, Egypt, Vietnam, Philippines, Tunisia, and Pakistan.


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