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Killings set dangerous trend-Dr Catherine Strong

Dr Catherine Strong

The terrorist attack on the premises of Paris-based satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’ (on January 7, 2015) is further evidence of the swiftly changing world for journalists.

The fatal attacks are part of an alarming trend where journalists are being deliberately targeted for the job they do.

The attacks raised questions about how media outlets could increase security for their staff while continuing to encourage open debate, and whether some organisations would consider self-censorship in the face of such intimidation.

The targeting of the French cartoonists showed that all media practitioners were becoming more dangerously exposed to having their right to free speech attacked.

Making informed comment whether with pictures or as text is a crucially important role of journalism.

If extremists continued to target the profession by violently suppressing free speech, it presented another challenge to new entrants in an industry already fighting a fragmented market, falling circulations and fewer resources.

New journalists coming into the industry are coming into a different world and instead of being treated with respect for asking the tough questions they are being targeted for doing their job.

Dr Catherine Strong is Senior Lecturer at the Massey University School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing. She spent three years in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) teaching Multimedia Journalism.

(Report & Picture by Massey News)

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