On the Violent History of the Globalised Present

  • Simon Cottle


We know from our work with the International News Safety Institute (INSI) as well as the annual monitoring of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and others that journalists around the world have become increasingly targeted and killed in the course of their reporting and story investigations (INSI 2013, Clifford 2015). As underlined in Chapter 2 and statistically documented in Chapter 3, this is not only when reporting major interstate wars or intrastate civil wars, though the latter have become increasingly deadly. The despoliation of envi­ronments by unscrupulous corporations, the exploitation of precious minerals by warlords, the control of urban space and trade in drugs by criminal networks, the infliction of human rights abuses by repressive states, the exploitation of asylum-seekers and eco-refugees by traffickers, and the profiteering from humanitarian disasters by venal interests — these can all produce intimidation and violence directed at individuals and civil-society groups. And this includes journalists when seeking to report on these and other forms of social injustice and violence.


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