The president and CEO of The Associated Press says journalists around the world are “increasingly under attack” by people trying to influence and control the news.
An Afghan police commander opened fire on their vehicle, killing Anja Niedringhaus and wounding Kathy Gannon.
Governments that try to force citizens to decide between a free press and national security create a “false choice” that weakens democracy, and journalists must fight increasing government overreach that has had a chilling effect on efforts to hold leaders accountable, the president and CEO of The Associated Press said.
The conviction of Pfc. Bradley Manning shows that journalists must fight to keep their sources safe, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Tuesday, urging other media organizations to follow his group’s lead in advocating aggressively on leakers’ behalf.