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lives in the line of duty during 2012, a
43-percent increase from 2011. (On aver-
age, over the past two decades a jour-
nalist has been killed in the line of duty
every eight days.) More than
35 reporters
are currently missing.
Te report identifes 232 journalists
who were placed behind bars because
of their work last year, an increase of 53
from 2011. Tat is the highest total since
the organization began conducting the
survey in 1986.
To spotlight growing threats, the 2013
edition of
Attacks
also features CPJ’s new
“Risk List,” w
hich identifes the 10 places
experiencing the most signifcant down-
ward trends during 2012. Tose develop-
ments included:
•High murder rates and entrenched
impunity in Pakistan, Somalia and Brazil;
•Te use of restrictive laws to silence
dissent in Ecuador, Turkey and Russia;
•T
e imprisonment o
f large numbers
of journalists, typically on anti-state
charges, to thwart critical reporting in
Ethiopia, Turkey, Vietnam, Iran and
Syria; and
•An exceedingly high fatality rate in
Syria,
where journalists faced multiple
risks from all sides in the confict.
A United Nations plan
to strengthen
international eforts to increase security
for journalists—which is being imple-
mented with CPJ support—aims to create
safer conditions for reporters around the
world. But the plan, along with a fve-
year-ol
d U.N. resolution t
hat calls for the
protection of journalists in confict zones,
requires full implementation in order to
guarantee a free and safe press.
An expanded
print edition
with exclu-
sive essays by leading journalists is pub-
lished by Bloomberg Press, an imprint of
Wiley, and is available for purchase.
Tat book includes thematic essays
on the anti-press ofensive by non-state
MR. NUNN: When the Secretary of Defense says
three or four times that one of the biggest priorities
he has is to see the State Department budget and diplomacy
reinvigorated, you know something is pretty important there, and
that’s the message he gave. So, I think we’ve got to think much
broader than simply the budgetary issues. There are a lot of things
at stake here.
MS. FLOURNOY: I agree that we aren’t facing existential threats.
Even though the nature of our power is changing and what it
means to be a unique superpower is changing, we still have a
unique role and unique responsibilities to protect our interests,
many of which are vital beyond our shores. That requires U.S.
engagement and assistance.
So, I think we’re in a situation where we don’t want to be the
world’s policemen. [And] I also agree with Sen. Nunn’s key point
that we’re not going to have a very successful foreign policy if one
instrument has historically been on steroids and everything else is
on life support.
—Former Senator SamNunn, D-Ga., and former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy, speaking
during th
e Brookings Institution’s Feb. 22 panel discussion, “
Real Specifcs: 15Ways to Rethink the Federal
Budget—Part I: Budgeting for a Modern Military.
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