The news is not free – 33 reporters killed this year

Summary:Last year 88 journalists were killed...

In the tech industry, there is little understanding of news and how it becomes news: Software engineers see a mass of free news for the taking and for building highly valued news aggregation businesses such as Flipboard.

The price of all this free news?

Sarah Morrison reports that the Committee to Protect Journalists has counted 1,000 journalists killed at work since 1992 — the latest is Mick Deane, cameraman with Sky News and the father of two children. He was one of three journalists killed in Egypt this week.

Wednesday also marked the anniversary of freelance reporter Austin Tice's disappearance in Syria. Tice, who turned 32 on Sunday, is believed to have been detained by the Syrian government on August 14, 2012. Another freelance American journalist, James Foley, disappeared in Syria on November 22, 2012.

So far this year, 33 journalists have been killed. Last year was the bloodiest year since Reporters Without Borders started counting, with 88 killed.

They might have been "killing it" at work, but thankfully, no Rails coders were killed for simply doing their job this year.

The news is not free.

Topics: Innovation


In May 2004, Tom Foremski became the first journalist to leave a major newspaper, the Financial Times, to become a full-time journalist blogger. He writes the popular news blog Silicon Valley Watcher--reporting on the business of Silicon Valley. Tom arrived in San Francisco in 1984, and has covered US technology markets for leading comput... Full Bio

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