Years of living dangerously
Yesterday, the Islamic State released footage of the beheading of American journalist James Foley, who was captured in Syria two years ago. The group also says it may execute another American journalist depending on the next moves of President Obama.
Reuters reports that the gruesome decapitation video seemed to suggest that the Islamic State was opening a new anti-U.S. front that could result in attacks on U.S. interests or even American soil. “The stronger the war against the States gets, the better this will help hesitant brothers to join us,” said one Islamic militant.
Iraq has by far been the most dangerous country for journalists over the past two decades, with 165 journalist deaths there since 1992.
But press freedom is threatened even in countries that don’t necessarily resort to violence against journalists. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, the countries with the most journalists in prison include Turkey, China, Iran, Eritrea, and Vietnam: