Every day, journalists around the world face incrediblerisks—from imprisonment and assassination to simply just"disappearing"—all for the ethical practice of theirprofession. Caught between wars and uprisings and corrupt policeand drug cartels, as well as increasingly oppressive censorshiplaws, they find themselves in some of the most dangerous situationsimaginable. This is why the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)continues to create the annual edition of Attacks on thePress.
Started as a simple typewritten list over 25 years ago, thisreliable resource has grown to become the definitive annualassessment of press freedoms globally. It provides analyses ofmedia conditions, press freedom violations, and emerging threats tojournalists in every corner of the world.In this 2014 edition, you will find front-line reports andanalytical essays by CPJ experts covering an array of topics ofcritical importance to journalists Discusses how governments' capacity to store transactional dataand the content of communications poses a unique threat tojournalism in the digital age Addresses the hope for more freedom in Iran and how thepractical needs for communications technology may work in favor ofa freer press Examines the inability to solve journalist murders in areassuch as Colombia and why eliminating witnesses has become an alltoo easy, and effective, method of stymying justice
In addition to being an invaluable source of timely informationand guidance for media professionals, Attacks on the Pressgives voice to journalists globally, providing them with a platformfor direct advocacy with governments and a tool for influence atthe UN, OAS, EU, AU, and other official bodies.