As if being a journalist these days is not already tough, the New York Times is reporting that more and more journalists in foreign countries are being targeted and killed and the profession is under “murderous assault.”
“Targeting journalism has become a trend, and now the people who are harassing and killing journalists include governments as well as the people you would expect,” said Alan Rusbridger, editor in chief of The Guardian, who, along with others, was honored recently in New York.
The NYT story says Israel didn’t deny killing journalists.
“… three employees of news organizations were killed in Gaza by Israeli missiles,” reported the Times. “Rather than suggesting it was a mistake, or denying responsibility, an Israeli Defense Forces spokeswoman, Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich, told The Associated Press, “The targets are people who have relevance to terror activity.”
“So it has come to this: killing members of the news media can be justified by a phrase as amorphous as “relevance to terror activity,” reported the NYT.