NEW YORK (AP) — The recent death or disappearance of three journalists in Turkey, Bulgaria and Mexico illustrate the growing dangers to reporters who are targeted for doing their jobs.
Authorities in Turkey are searching for a Washington Post columnist missing and feared killed since entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Journalists in Bulgaria and Mexico involved in uncovering instances of corruption were also slain recently.
The Committee to Protect Journalists says that some 43 reporters have been killed on the job this year. That’s not an unusually high number. But it used to be that the biggest danger facing reporters was getting caught in the crossfire while covering conflict. This year’s cases show instead that being targeted for death because of their work is a greater risk.