The number of attacks aimed at killing large
numbers of people in
In 2009, we ran a five-part series about the dangers facing reporters covering the story in the border areas with Afghanistan, and the tactics they are using to cope with the threats they face on a daily basis. The series was called “The Frontier War.” The final entry dealt specifically with steps that can be taken to lessen the threat to journalists.
On January 27, a respected Pakistani journalist, Zaffar Abbas, wrote to CPJ saying that TV managers in Pakistan had been able to come together to draw up voluntary guidelines about covering the increasing violence, and that the same group had begun to address the safety of the journalists covering those stories.
Abbas, the Islamabad editor of Dawn newspaper who is also on the editorial board of Dawn TV, said that the TV coverage guidelines were starting to take hold, but there was less movement toward implementing safety training or getting the proper protective gear for people in the field.
It is time for media companies to stop dragging
their feet and give their frontline reporters the tools and training they need
to do their jobs. Virtually all of
And, of course, these responsibilities also fall on the foreign news organizations covering this global story that don’t already provide the gear and training for their Pakistani staff.
I posted an update to
this entry on February 8 here.
I posted an update to this entry on February 8 here.