How can online journalists be protected?
In today's digital news environment, independent Internet journalists - who often lack legal support or political connections - are often more vulnerable than those who work for news organizations.
According to a census of imprisoned journalists conducted recently by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), more Internet journalists are jailed worldwide today than journalists working in any other medium.
In fact, 45 percent of all media workers jailed worldwide are bloggers, Web-based reporters or online editors, according to CPJ. In most cases, governments used a variety of charges unrelated to journalism to retaliate against critical reporting, the report said.
Given the rising influence of online reporting and commentary, how can online journalists be protected? Can online journalists meet the demand for online news without endangering themselves?
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