Shooting Under Fire

Shooting under fire gives a disturbing picture of the dangers faced by photographers around the world, too many of whom get killed or wounded covering the news.

After you’ve looked at t he pictures, you many also want to look at the web pages of the Committee to Protect Journalists, where on the front page it informs you that 43 journalists have been killed this year so far, and 890 since 1992, 556 “murdered with inpunity” and that 179 are in prison worldwide.

The CPJ, an independent, non-profit organization, was founded in 1981 and promotes press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. They also have a very useful Journalist Safety Guide on working in hazardous situations, which can also be downloaded as a pdf.

In the UK, events are seldom life-threatening, although photographers do get assaulted, injured and threatened. But the only image in the 39 in Shooting  Under Fire shows a football photographer at Anfield kitted up for working in driving rain. Uncomfortable perhaps, but hardly in the same league.

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