As we sit at our desks and express our outrage at the world, online from the comfort of our rooms or mothers basement, how often do we think about the
people that brought us the leak, the news, the investigation. As we cut and paste external source information, do you stop to appreciate where it came
from? Or perhaps the cost of it getting to you?
As the investigative room becomes smaller and manned by fewer and fewer reporters, doing more and more work, the entertainment room is overflowing
with Versace clad fashion sub editors and screaming queen entertainment reporters sipping lattes from their office coffee machine. Pick up a
paper/magazine or a respected online news source and read the story that quite possibly may have cost blood to get to you. What we read and learn
about the world peels the scales from our eyes, The Fox's of the world (and no they are not alone) just want to keep you scared by spreading fear and
put scale upon scale on your eyes so you do not see clearly what is in front of you. Media manipulation is one of the great conspiracies of the modern
age...You'll never be rich enough, pretty enough, ripped enough or drive the best car or have the latest Monalo Blahnik 1400 dollar pair of shoes. We
may blame the media for what it gives us, but who exactly made them big and powerful? They use to feed us news, but now with internet, they cater to
what our demands are.....Who created this media machine...was it Rupert, or was it us the consumer? Help change the world you live in , by rememebring
and reading the words that come from those who no longer live in it, thats why they need from you. Your reading their words is a price paid for their
“2009, This has been a year of unprecedented devastation for the world’s media, but the violence also confirms long-term trends,” said CPJ
Executive Director Joel Simon. “Most of the victims were local reporters covering news in their own communities. The perpetrators assumed, based on
precedent, that they would never be punished. Whether the killings are in Iraq or the Philippines, in Russia or Mexico, changing this assumption is
the key to reducing the death toll.”
Investigative stories reflect curiosity and a deep rooted concern for this rock we all landed on.
Working in a war zone, you know your risks, but the unacceptable deaths of journalists are not just about war zone deaths, many are simply a result of
plain murder for trying to uncover corruption.
Over 90 percent of journos killed in the Philippines were murdered for exposing corruption
53 Journalists since 2001 have been killed there.
Not including last years massacre....who heard about this?
An election-related slaughter of more than 30 media workers in the Philippine province of Maguindanao, the deadliest event for the press in CPJ
history. 30 human lives taken away for wanting to report what was going on around them.
Internationally, the Philippines is no longer the “most dangerous country for journalists outside a war zone,” a negative distinction the
country gained in 2005 and 2006. Russia now has at least 25 per cent more murdered journalists than the Philippines.
Many of the them are local investigative reporters trying to keep the bastards honest.
While there is increasing international pressure, kinda lame attempt sadly, how many of you know about it? Imagine if in America this happened.... to
solve extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, the reaction of government in finding real solutions to end the cycle of violence is slow in coming.
IN 2009 112 men and women were killed trying to investigate for us corruption or to report on war.
As in past years, murder was the leading cause of work-related deaths in 2009. At least 50 journalists were targeted and slain in retaliation for
their work, representing about three-quarters of the deaths in 2009. Eleven journalists were killed in crossfire while in combat situations, while
seven died while covering dangerous assignments such as police raids or street protests.
2009, last was the blodiest year for journalists.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, 12 journalists have been murdered in direct relation to their work this year, just one less loss of life than the heavy toll
recorded in 1999, which was largely caused by Sierra Leone’s civil war. This time, Somalia’s ongoing conflict claimed the most victims, but other
journalists were murdered while investigating local corruption in Nigeria and Kenya or covering the political crisis in Madagascar. CPJ is
investigating the cases of two other journalists in Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo to determine whether their deaths were
related to journalism.
Two journalists were slain in both Mexico and Sri Lanka. In Durango state, Mexico, assailants abducted crime reporter Eliseo Barrón Hernández from
his home as his wife and two young daughters watched. His body, a gunshot wound to the head, was found the next day in an irrigation ditch. Barrón
had just broken a story about police corruption.
Two journalists died of neglect or mistreatment while imprisoned on work-related charges. Novruzali Mamedov died in an Azerbaijani prison after being
denied adequate medical care, while Iranian blogger Omidreza Mirsayafi died in Evin Prison under circumstances that were never fully explained.
At least two journalists were reported missing during the year, one in Mexico and the other in Yemen.Nine freelance journalists were among the 2009
victims. The proportion of freelancers was consistent with past years.
Other places with media fatalities were: Afghanistan, Colombia, El Salvador, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Nepal, Nigeria, the Occupied Palestinian
Territory, and Venezuela.
In China or other regimes, it is unknown if journalists are imprisoned or killed, the toll is suspected to be more than double for those that are
Media Ticking Clock is a register of these people killed, please click and look, as a online memorial is as poignant as a stone one in a cemetery.
Beats Covered by Victims *
So hate the large media houses that that shove Paris Hiltons chihuahua down your throat, or the ridiculous circus of the royals, or the rambling faux
pas of a ex president, but don't hate those that go out and literally put their lives on the line, in possibly a more dangerous way than our service
men and women, as all they have to protect them is their pen, not billions of dollars of weaponry. Just a story, a story to let you know what is going
on in this world, in the hopes that you help try change it.
Visit The CPJ. Committee to Protect journalists
[edit on 6-5-2010 by zazzafrazz]