Honoring Press Freedom, From Starbucks

Here in the five boroughs, journalists and magazine folk don’t tend to face a lot of danger in the line of duty, but, as today is World Press Freedom Day, it’s worth taking a moment to look up from our lattes and remember that last year was the most dangerous for journalists in a decade according to Reporters Without Borders. At least 63 journalists were killed last year while doing their jobs, while more than 1300 were threatened or attacked, and over 100 were imprisoned. Iraq, unsurprisingly, was the most dangerous country in the world to be a journalist, with 74 members of the media losing their lives there since the U.S.-led invasion three years ago.

UPDATE: At the We Media conference in London (other posts on this blog) Timothy Balding of the World Association of Newspapers says, “It should be ‘World Media Freedom Day,'” and that there are 788 journalists of all different media, from newspapers to TV and blogs, arrested and in jail.