I was talking about the disparity in respect paid to different types of journalists in this chart yesterday, and as a new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists points out, there’s good reason we have so much esteem for international war reporters: the job is dangerous as hell. A minimum of 60 journalist were killed around the world in 2014 as a result of their work, the report says. That’s down somewhat from the 70 in 2013, but, as the Guardian points out, the past three years have been the deadliest since they started keeping track in 1992.
Of the beats covered by the victims, unsurprisingly, war was the most dangerous, accounting for 60% of the killings. The deadliest job, they found, was broadcast reporter, at 35%, followed by camera operators, at 27%.
High profile cases, like the horrific beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff garnered much of the attention in the media, but they were hardly exceptions.
While we might take heart that there were no journalists killed because of their work here in the States this year, our relationship with our media has been increasingly corrosive of late, as we’ve seen in the rush to blame it for incidents like the shooting of two NYPD officers this week.