Photojournalism: A Dangerous Year

Photojournalism: A Dangerous Year

Still frame of Lu Guang in an interview with World Press Photo © World Press Photo

Still frame of Lu Guang in an interview with World Press Photo © World Press Photo

by Erik Nielsen and Adam Ethan Berner

“For me, the strength of photography lies in its ability to evoke a sense of humanity. If war is an attempt to negate humanity, then photography can be perceived as the opposite of war and if it is used well it can be a powerful ingredient in the antidote to war.” – James Nachtwey

Photographers and journalists alike have risked their lives in pursuit of truth. There are those who wish they could operate in the shadows. News articles are filled with images that document corruption, war, injustice, brutality, and inhumanity. But these images don’t just appear in the world; they can only exist because people put their lives on the line in order to affirm that these events are not simply swept under the rug. They risk their lives and the lives of their loved ones when they venture out into danger, not only because they work in the crossfires of conflicts, but because they are specifically targeted by governments who will do whatever they can to prevent these images from seeing the light of day.

This year alone, at least 51 photojournalists made the choice to do what was right despite the consequences. To this day they remain missing, in prison, or were killed on assignment for their work. Each name in this article links to the website of the Committee to Protect Journalists; an independent, nonprofit organization that documents the trials and dangers journalists face, calls for the ending of violence against journalists, and defends the rights of journalists everywhere so that truth can be spread without fear.

Wa Lone, one of the two arrested journalists, speaks to reporters in handcuffs  © Reuters

Wa Lone, one of the two arrested journalists, speaks to reporters in handcuffs © Reuters

Killed

British hostage John Cantlie seen in a video published by the ISIS terror group on Dec. 7, 2016.

British hostage John Cantlie seen in a video published by the ISIS terror group on Dec. 7, 2016.

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