New York, September 12, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists, in collaboration with United Photo Industries and St. Ann’s Warehouse, today will unveil a special exhibit, “Journalists Under Fire,” at the annual Photoville festival in New York City. The exhibit features photographs by journalists killed in connection to their work and journalists from across the world who are currently working in the face of threats.
The exhibit was inspired in part by CPJ’s book and digital campaign, “The Last Column,” featuring the final articles and photographs of fallen journalists.
“We hope this exhibit will shine a light on the photojournalists who have braved threats, prison, and death to bring a story to the public,” said Courtney Radsch, CPJ’s advocacy director. “The bravery it takes to be a journalist should be celebrated. At the same time, these dangers cannot be normalized, and newsrooms must take safety seriously and provide resources and support for journalists.”
The exhibit also puts the spotlight on CPJ’s #SafetyInFocus campaign, which highlights the risks photojournalists face in the line of duty.
“Photojournalists have to get right into the fray to tell a story, the results of which are clearly witnessed in these powerful photos. However, needing to be in the very frontlines of the action to do their job puts them at greater risk,” said CPJ’s Emergencies Director María Salazar Ferro.
Salazar Ferro will speak about these threats and what journalists can do to keep themselves safe on the panel “Teargas, Trolling, and Trauma: Photographing Political Polarization in the U.S.,” which will be held on September 22.
Since 1992, when CPJ began to systematically track the killings of journalists worldwide, 161 photographers have been killed while carrying out their work. In 2018, CPJ documented 32 photojournalists behind bars.
The exhibit will be open September 12-October 6 at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, N.Y. This event is free and open to the public.
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