Guest Post by Rachel Sanders
The world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place for journalists. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 622 journalists have been killed as a result of their jobs over the past ten years — nearly twice as many as the previous decade. What’s more, nearly 200 journalists are currently in prison worldwide. And conflict zone journalists have harrowing stories to back up the numbers. Mohamed Fahmy, the Canadian journalist who spent nearly two years in prison in Egypt after being arrested in 2013, says working conditions for journalists in conflict zones are worse than he’s ever seen them.
“Hotspot areas have never been this dangerous,” Fahmy told Story Board via Skype last week.
“In the past it used to make a difference when you wore the flak jacket — a signature that said we were press — to protect ourselves. But now it actually makes you a target.”