The vulnerability of journalists to kidnappings was starkly illustrated by the killing of James Foley and Steven Sotloff by Islamic militants in 2014. Their murder underscored the risks taken by journalists and news organisations trying to cover developments in dangerous regions of the world and has forced news enterprises to more clearly prepare for and confront issues of safety. This book explores the complex organisational issues surrounding the capture or kidnapping of journalists in areas of conflict and risk. It explores how journalists 'becoming news' is covered and the implications of that coverage, how news organisations prepare for and respond to such events, and how kidnapping and ransom insurers, victim recovery firms, journalists' families, and governments influence the actions of news enterprises. It considers how and why journalists are kidnapped, how employers and journalists' organisations respond to kidnappings and why freelancers are particularly at risk as well as suggesting best practices for preventing and responding to kidnappings.
Robert G. Picard is Director of Research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in the Department of Politics and International Relations at University of Oxford, a research fellow at Green Templeton College (Oxford) and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.Hannah Storm is Director of the International News Safety Institute, which advises journalists on how to assess the risks they face, shares information affecting the safety of news teams on the ground and organises safety training projects for journalists around the world. She is the author of No Woman's Land - On the Frontlines with Female Reporters, which explores the unique safety issue of women who work in the media.
Chapter 1: IntroductionChapter 2: Coverage of journalistic kidnappingsChapter 3: Media organisational responses to kidnappingsChapter 4: The influence of external pressuresChapter 5: Implications for journalists and their employers