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Killing the Messenger: The Deadly Cost of News

Tricia Todd, Eric Matthies
Tricia Todd, Eric Matthies

The abuses of civil liberties and denial of human rights for journalists varies dramatically from country to country. Everyone in the world is impacted each time a reporter is imprisoned or a blogger is censored. As countries restrict news, they restrict information that is important to all. This documentary aims to address the dangers faced by journalists today, why these dangers exist and to raise public consciousness about the deadly cost of news gathering in today's society.

Murder is the leading cause of work-related deaths for journalists as censorship increases worldwide. In addition to those who have been killed, dozens have been attacked, kidnapped, or forced into exile in connection with their coverage of crime and corruption. Even by the most conservative estimates, at least three journalists have been killed every month for the past sixteen years as a direct result of simply practicing their profession.

Journalists reporting from Mexico, Russia and Iraq tell their own stories of kidnapping, intimidation, and beatings. They've experienced the loss of colleagues in the field and have been close to death themselves. Their stories are heartfelt, captivating, engaging and at moments - unbelievable.

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