Should journalists be armed?
Following the recent fatal shooting of Russian reporter Anastasia Baburova, who worked for Russia's liberal opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta, the paper's management announced last week it had appealed to Russian authorities to allow its journalists to carry weapons.
Similar requests have been made to authorities in Iraq and Mexico, where journalists are killed and attacked in high numbers, and where cases seldom result in successful prosecutions.
But many journalists, press freedom advocates and others say defending people from criminals is the obligation of the state, not journalists. Furthermore, they say, putting guns in the hands of reporters will only add to the culture of violence.
What do you think? If allowed, would you carry a weapon to defend yourself from assassins?