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The News Is Not Free… 33 Journalists Killed This Year

Posted by Tom Foremski - August 15, 2013


In the tech industry there is little understanding of news and how it becomes news: software engineers see a mass of free news for the taking and for building highly-valued news aggregation businesses such as Flipboard.

The price of all this free news?

Sarah Morrison reports that the Committee to Protect Journalists has counted 1,000 journalists killed at work since 1992 — the latest is Mick Deane, cameraman with Sky News and the father of two children. He was one of three journalists killed in Egypt this week.

Wednesday also marked the anniversary of freelance reporter Austin Tice's disappearance in Syria. Tice, who turned 32 on Sunday, is believed to have been detained by the Syrian government on Aug. 14, 2012. Another freelance American journalist, James Foley, disappeared in Syria on Nov. 22, 2012.

So far this year 33 journalists have been killed. Last year, was the bloodiest year since Reporters Without Borders started counting, with 88 killed.

They might have been "killing it" at work but thankfully, no Rails coders were killed for simply doing their job this year. 

The news is not free.

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