A Day Without News? One Year Anniversary

February 21, 2014 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global | 3 Comments |
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This Saturday marks the one year anniversary of A Day Without News?, a campaign launched by Getty Images’ Aidan Sullivan and agroup within the media and photojournalism communities to raise awareness of the risks faced by journalists and photojournalists in war zones. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has estimated that in the last year alone 70 journalists and media professionals were killed doing their job, with Syria being the most dangerous country to operate from, accounting for 28 deaths. "“In just one year, we have played an important part in raising awareness, and having the UN pass a resolution will further strengthen the security of our colleagues," Sullivan said in a statement. "Currently, we are working towards a collaboration with a leading US University to initiate a ‘clinic’, designed to uncover evidence of targeted attacks against journalists in conflict zones.  We hope this information will build a case that can be taken to the international and national tribunals or courts to prosecute those responsible for targeting journalists.”

Getty Press Release

A Day Without News? One Year On...

Campaign continues to seek justice for death of journalists in war zones

LONDON – 20 February, 2014: This Saturday, the 22nd of February, marks the one year anniversary of ADWN?, a campaign launched by a group within the media and photojournalism communities to raise awareness of the risks faced by journalists and photojournalists in war zones on a daily basis.

Led by Aidan Sullivan, Vice President at Getty Images and founder of the Ian Parry Scholarship, A Day Without News? launched on 22 February 2013 – the first anniversary of the deaths of legendary correspondent Marie Colvin and photojournalist Remi Ochlik in Syria.

As well as raising awareness of the vital role correspondents and photojournalists play and the risks they face when reporting from war zones, the group also set out to develop institutional and legal agendas to stop journalists from being deliberately targeted.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has estimated that in the last year alone 70 journalists and media professionals were killed doing their job, with Syria being the most dangerous country to operate from, accounting for 28 deaths.

Following the ADWN? launch last year,  the UN Security Council held an open debate on the 17th of July 2013 around the protection of journalists, highlighting it was the first time it had considered this issue in a separate meeting since the adoption of resolution 1738 on the protection of journalists on the 23rd of December 2006.

Furthermore on the 26th of November 2013, the UN General assembly adopted a resolution on journalists’ safety; a significant and important step towards ending impunity. The resolution condemns all attacks and violence against journalists and media workers in both conflict and non-conflict situations and underlines the important role played by all news providers.

Aidan Sullivan, Vice President, Photo Assignments, Editorial Partnerships and Development for Getty Images and founder of A Day Without News? comments: “In just one year, we have played an important part in raising awareness, and having the UN pass a resolution will further strengthen the security of our colleagues. As we reach the first anniversary of the campaign launch, we will continue fighting for justice. Currently, we are working towards a collaboration with a leading US University to initiate a ‘clinic’, designed to uncover evidence of targeted attacks against journalists in conflict zones.  We hope this information will build a case that can be taken to the international and national tribunals or courts to prosecute those responsible for targeting journalists.”

Jonathan Klein, co-founder and CEO of Getty Images and CPJ board member added: “It’s encouraging to see so many industry leaders step up in support of press freedom and safety. However, sadly, the latest CPJ report shows that too many journalists still face dire consequences when reporting from conflict zones. The troubling statistics are a call to action for all of us who believe in the importance of journalism and protecting the safety of those who put themselves in harm’s way to ensure that critical stories are told.”

Supporters of the campaign include renowned members of the media and senior government officials who have pledged to show support, such as:

Brent Stirton, Photojournalist, Reportage by Getty Images
Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent, CNN
Don McCullin, Photojournalist
James Nachtwey, Photojournalist
Jonathan Klein, Co-founder / Chief Executive Officer, Getty Images
Lynsey Addario, Photojournalist
Sir Daniel Bethelem, QC
Tom Stoddart, Photojournalist, Reportage by Getty Images
David Friend, Editor Creative Development, Vanity Fair

Photograph: Rebel militia fight against Col. Muammar Gaddafi in , Libya, on March 2, 2011.
Photo by Kuni Takahashi
John Moore

 



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#1 BlackBox

I have a perfect solution for journalists in war zones - DON'T GO THERE! You lie and twist facts anyway. And we're SICK TO THE GUTS with your increasingly cruel photos. Stay home. We won't miss you.

6:08 pm - Saturday, February 22, 2014

#2 thomss27

I find the above comment extremely stupid and uneducated, these photographers risk their life’s to report what victims of wars cannot themselves. Take the unease in North Africa, in which the governments have actually blocked all social media within that country making it extremely difficult for the people to get out the atrocities that are being committed in the name of their given leaders. how can the world stop this going on if we can’t see it in the first place think about that for a second. Also to say we won’t miss you try telling that to the families who have lost loved ones in their line of

6:03 pm - Sunday, February 23, 2014

#3 Headshots LA

Great article. Thanks for remembering those who have given their lives in pursuit of doing what they love.

10:18 pm - Sunday, February 23, 2014