“I didn’t wear the bulletproof jacket and helmet that
Reuters gave me,” explained veteran Somali journalist Sahal Abdulle
to a packed crowd at
More and more media outlets rely on local journalists
for international coverage as they try to cut costs, CPJ has found. As Fareed Zakaria
wrote in the preface to Attacks: “In
this new environment, local journalists are going to assume added importance—and
they will take on greater risks.” The East African journalists at the
I agree with Imanyara. But often freelancers or stringers hired by major media outlets do not receive the same kind of protection and support as foreign correspondents. As I mentioned in my remarks, “freelancer” does not mean media outlets are free from responsibility to defend their journalists.
David Makali, director of the Nairobi-based East African Media Institute, and Tervil Okoko from the East African Journalists Association pointed out today that six out of nine East African nations will hold elections soon. It is a critical time for the region as tensions will invariably rise and political interest groups will target unfavorable election coverage. With more local journalists than ever carrying the weight for news organizations around the world, CPJ will be playing close attention.