Athena Institute


The Safety of Journalists: a National Security Issue - The Media as a Target of Terrorism

Recent events have shown that journalists and other media workers who work in war zones and regions where subnational armed group activity is high take tremendous risks. Journalists are high profile targets for terrorist groups and dozens of media workers have been abducted and even executed by terrorist outfits in the past ten years. Moreover, the execution of James Foley and Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State or Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) have made it absolutely clear just how vulnerable the West is when it comes to foreign policy. The execution of two men by ISIS forced the White House to change its attitude towards intervention in the developing crisis in Iraq, showing that the security of journalists can become a matter of national security when it comes to terrorism.

The full analysis based on the Worldwide Terror List database is available here.