When political conflict erupts anywhere in the world, journalists and media teams pack their gear and bravely head out to report on it. The news is not something the public should take for granted, especially as the dangers have spiked over the last year.
Journalism can be an extremely rewarding profession.
It’s one that enables the writer to stay up to date with world events while becoming an expert on a myriad of subjects. Sometimes, the job can even take you around the world.
Many dream of being assigned to jobs that are in the middle of the action, reporting in conflict zones, or telling first-hand stories about what’s happening in the most obscure corners of our planet. This, however, can involve massive risk.
The most dangerous years recorded for press teams were between 2012 – 2016, during a surge in war zone reporting in Syria, Afghanistan, and Yemen. As tensions fizzled out in these areas, deaths of media crews started falling around 2019.
But in the last year, growing political tensions have caused the sector to become noticeably dangerous once again. Last year was the deadliest year for press teams since 2018, primarily for those working in areas of political instability and conflict.