Protecting journalists….

In 2011 (As of Dec 1), the number of journalists imprisoned around the world- primarily in the Middle East and Northern Africa- have hit record high numbers, according the Committee to Protect Journalists.  These numbers have not been seen since 1996.  The reasons behind the large number of imprisoned journalists (179 writers, editors and photojournalists) is primarily due to the unrest in the Middle East and Northern Africa. However, that is no excuse.  It is at times of unrest and political change that journalists have a duty and obligation more than ever to write and discover the truth.  However, these journalists are being arrested, sometimes without charge, for doing their duty and exposing what is truly going on in these regions.  With the constant fear of arrest, journalists do not want to write about sensitive topics, which means they are not doing their job to the best of their ability.

This is appalling to me. Thankfully we have organizations like the Committee to Protect Journalists to help expose this wrongdoing and hopefully eradicate it.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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