UNESCO reveals the dangers of journalism.
By Surbhi Jain
Bengaluru, Nov. 23, 2018.
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s Director General’s report, on the safety of journalists and the danger of impunity, regarding the killings of journalists between January 2016 and to December 2017, 182 journalists were killed. 1010 journalists killed from between 2006 to 2018
Aditya Paul, a journalist who works for NewsRise in Kolkata says, ”Journalists in recent times are being constantly barred from doing good work. Their conditions have significantly worsened due to political pressure. Moreover, they are not safe at all.
Manisha Mishra, a Masters of journalism student in Doon Business School remarks, ”Journalism has been a noble profession since ages. Undoubtedly, it’s the fourth pillar of democracy but when you hear news where a journalist is killed or harassed for the job he/she does, you feel threatened as a student. You start questioning people who are at the top of the ladder. In fact, you begin to develop grave doubts about the functioning of governmental activities.”
Manisha added, “In most of the cases it has been found that justice is delayed and it inevitably pains your heart. The government should give protection to the journalists who are risking their lives to bring you the latest news from all over the world.”
According to Paushali Bhattacharya, a journalism student from Indraprashtha University in New Delhi, “The situation scares me. As a student, I feel threatened. Somewhere at the back of my mind, I think that this career that I am willing to pursue is life-threatening, and that somehow makes me question my decision. I am trying to move to other career options that are less stressful and especially where I can express my opinions without any restrictions.”
Click on this link to check the number of journalists killed in India from 1995-2018.