Journalists are facing the highest level of threats in recent years, according to a new report cited by The New York Times.
Among the causes identified are “the ascendance of militant extremists and criminal gangs who abduct and kill reporters, combined with rising government repression in the cause of counterterrorism,” The Times reports.
The report, “Attacks on the Press,” comes from the group the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Freelance journalists face the greatest danger, the report notes, due to limited resources and training, along with the absence of an established news organization to turn to for help when needed.
In announcing the release of the report, Joel Simon, the group’s executive director, said: “Journalists are being caught in a terror dynamic, in which they are threatened by nonstate actors who target them and governments that restrict civil liberties including press freedom in the name of fighting terror.”