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Don’t Kill the Messenger : On Sept. 3, attackers set fire to the car of Yulia Latynina, a columnist for Novaya Gazeta and host of a weekly radio show in Russia. On Oct. 16, Daphne Caruana Galizia, a journalist reporting on corruption in Malta as part of the Panama Papers investigation, was killed in a car bomb. On Oct. 24, riot police officers beat up three journalists and damaged their equipment while they were covering protests at a courthouse in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Variations on the phrase “don’t kill the messenger” can be found in literature dating back to Plutarch, the Greek biographer, conveying the idea that official purveyors of unwanted or bad news should be protected from abuse, insult and injury. Today, these “messengers” work to gather and distribute news and information, monitoring, analyzing and often critiquing those in positions of authority. Protecting journalists and media practitioners against violence from those who may want to censor them is a core tenet of freedom of expression. Read more

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Don’t Kill the Messenger : On Sept. 3, attackers set fire to the car of Yulia Latynina, a columnist for Novaya Gazeta and host of a weekly radio show in Russia. On Oct. 16, Daphne Caruana Galizia, a journalist reporting on corruption in Malta as part of the Panama Papers investigation, was killed in a car bomb. On Oct. 24, riot police officers beat up three journalists and damaged their equipment while they were covering protests at a courthouse in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Variations on the phrase “don’t kill the messenger” can be found in literature dating back to Plutarch, the Greek biographer, conveying the idea that official purveyors of unwanted or bad news should be protected from abuse, insult and injury. Today, these “messengers” work to gather and distribute news and information, monitoring, analyzing and often critiquing those in positions of authority. Protecting journalists and media practitioners against violence from those who may want to censor them is a core tenet of freedom of expression