Attacks on the Press: Journalism on the World's Front Lines by Committee to Protect Journalists

By Committee to Protect Journalists

Each day, newshounds around the globe face extraordinary risks—from imprisonment and assassination to easily simply "disappearing"—all for the moral perform in their career. stuck among wars and uprisings and corrupt police and drug cartels, in addition to more and more oppressive censorship legislation, they locate themselves in essentially the most harmful occasions possible. it's because the Committee to guard newshounds (CPJ) maintains to create the once a year version of assaults at the Press.

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His main interest was something much more metaphysical than blood or guilt; it was morality. Colt's career provided a classic example of Greeley's most constant theme: the dangers that could destroy a young man alone in the city without a concerned family or a close-knit community to help mold his character. From the moment Colt began his life of crime as a petty larcenist stealing from his employer's till, Greeley warned on 28 September 1841, the young man had steadily and inevitably slid into "a depth of horrid guilt and blasting infamy," demonstrating afresh "that Crime has a vital, growing power, which ...

Chronicles of crime were not a particularly new phenomenon in America, but news of crime was. Newspapers had traditionally paid very little attention to lawbreakers and wrongdoers. Their reticence sprang in part from logistics: hard-pressed local weeklies could rarely spare precious space to report on events that most townspeople would already have heard about, clucked over, and dissected for every nuance of meaning as they went about their daily business in the town square, the shops, or the taverns.

From the moment Colt began his life of crime as a petty larcenist stealing from his employer's till, Greeley warned on 28 September 1841, the young man had steadily and inevitably slid into "a depth of horrid guilt and blasting infamy," demonstrating afresh "that Crime has a vital, growing power, which ... " Colt's terrible end was just as inevitable as his second step into vice. The life of "this hapless being must afford a solemn warning to the Youth of our City and Land," Greeley preached on the day after the prisoner's suicide.

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