“The e-mail came in at 8.48 p.m.,” Philippine journalist Maria
Ressa told a hushed audience at CPJ’s panel discussion, Press Freedom: On the Frontlines and
Online, this morning at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan in
“That was a citizen journalist. The picture was taken as though someone was holding a cell phone at waist height,” she said. That anonymous individual—probably a member of the police or the local armed forces, Ressa said—risked his or her life. Taking photos from sensitive news scenes and sending those images via Internet exemplified the type of reporting under dangerous conditions that CPJ documented time and again in its annual survey, Attacks on the Press.
Local journalists were not surprised that colleagues were killed;
it’s a fact of life in the
(Reporting from Tokyo)