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Every five days, on average, somewhere in the world, a journalist is murdered for being a journalist.Imprisonment of journalists is at an all-time high, and members of the press routinely suffer harassment and intimidation while on assignment.Then there is the case of William Ntege, a journalist who reported on recent protests against Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's decision to run in the next presidential election, despite constitutional prohibitions preventing him from doing so.Part of the reason most consumers of news do not know these stories is that organizations like mine have long worked to ensure that journalists never become the story.For example, Ntege was released only after considerable effort by a team of lawyers retained by Reporters Respond, the Free Press Unlimited emergency fund for journalist safety. To that end, my organization is engaging with other global entities to strengthen the U.N. plan of action on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity.Because journalists' safety directly affects news organizations' employees, freelancers and audiences, these organizations should report on the topic.Violence against journalists has historically been an issue that has remained behind the headlines.
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