Press and planet in danger: safety of environmental journalists; trends, challenges and recommendations

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The global environmental crises of climate change, loss of biodiversity and pollution, impact the lives of billions worldwide and environmental journalism plays a key role in how the world understands this. Reporters and the media who cover environmental issues and its impact not only raise awareness among disengaged audiences who inattentively believe the climate crisis does not affect them, but also document and tell the stories of the marginalized communities who carry the heavy burden of a changing climate. In this sense, reporters covering environmental issues are the chroniclers of humanity’s major challenge and play a role in holding policy-makers accountable to this crisis.

However, environmental journalism is a perilous field. Reporters chronicling the climate crisis often find themselves in remote and isolated locations, far from the reach of immediate help or legal protection. Whether they are investigating deforestation in the Amazon, pollution in industrial regions, or illegal mining in Africa, the remote nature of these assignments adds a significant layer of risk. The challenges of travel, communication, and personal safety in these secluded areas can turn a reporting task into a dangerous mission, highlighting the unique vulnerabilities associated with environmental journalism.

Type of Publication
studies-and-reports
Theme
journalism
Publishing
UNESCO
Publishing Date
2024
Language
english
Status
open-access
DOI
CI-2024/WTR/2
Authors
Kristjan Burgess; John-Bosco Mayiga; Nadia Anna Mandl