Combat Journalism

April 12, 2013 • Volume 23, Issue 14
Is reporting on global conflict worth the risk?
By Frank Greve

Introduction

Chris Hondros (Getty Images)
Chris Hondros, a veteran combat photographer for Getty Images, was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade in Misrata, Libya, on April 20, 2011. Above, he covers fighting in Beirut, Lebanon, on Aug. 21, 2006. (Getty Images)

More than 1,000 American and foreign journalists have been killed or seriously injured over the past 20 years covering wars, insurgencies, popular uprisings and other conflicts abroad, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Arab Spring revolutions. As the Internet has spurred the global appetite for minute-by-minute news updates and established news organizations worldwide have shuttered overseas bureaus and cut back their staffs, more and more inexperienced young freelance reporters and photographers and local hires have ventured into harm's way in search of dramatic stories and photos. Meanwhile, insurgents are using YouTube and Facebook to publicize their cause, making them less inclined to protect journalists in hopes of getting good press. In fact, combatants today often consider journalists not as partners or even impartial observers, but as high-value targets for hostage-taking — and murder.

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May 30, 2014  Digital Journalism
May 03, 2013  Media Bias
Apr. 26, 2013  Free Speech at Risk
Apr. 12, 2013  Combat Journalism
Nov. 2010  Press Freedom
Oct. 08, 2010  Journalism Standards in the Internet Age
Feb. 05, 2010  Press Freedom
Mar. 27, 2009  Future of Journalism Updated
Jun. 09, 2006  Blog Explosion Updated
Jan. 20, 2006  Future of Newspapers
Apr. 08, 2005  Free-Press Disputes
Oct. 15, 2004  Media Bias
Oct. 10, 2003  Media Ownership Updated
Dec. 25, 1998  Journalism Under Fire
Jun. 05, 1998  Student Journalism
Sep. 20, 1996  Civic Journalism
Sep. 23, 1994  Courts and the Media
Aug. 24, 1990  Hard Times at the Nation's Newspapers
Jan. 19, 1990  Finding Truth in the Age of ‘Infotainment’
Aug. 18, 1989  Libel Law: Finding the Right Balance
Jun. 06, 1986  Magazine Trends
Oct. 12, 1984  News Media and Presidential Campaigns
Jul. 15, 1983  State of American Newspapers
Oct. 23, 1981  High Cost of Libel
Dec. 23, 1977  Media Reforms
Mar. 11, 1977  News Media Ownership
Jun. 21, 1974  Access to the Media
Dec. 20, 1972  Newsmen's Rights
Aug. 16, 1972  Blacks in the News Media
Dec. 15, 1971  Magazine Industry Shake-Out
Jul. 18, 1969  Competing Media
Sep. 02, 1964  Politicians and the Press
Dec. 04, 1963  Libel Suits and Press Freedom
Jan. 09, 1963  Newspaper Mergers
Dec. 20, 1961  Reading Boom: Books and Magazines
Dec. 02, 1959  Privileged Communications
Apr. 25, 1956  Newsprint Deficit
May 06, 1953  Government and the Press
Sep. 21, 1948  Press and State
Sep. 05, 1947  Newsprint Supply
Mar. 26, 1947  Facsimile Newspapers
Dec. 10, 1945  World Press Freedom
May 01, 1940  New Experiments in Newspaper-Making
Nov. 04, 1933  Press Freedom Under the Recovery Program
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