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Nearly half of journalists covering climate crisis globally received threats for their work

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🗞️ Driving the news: According to a global survey by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and Deakin University involving over 740 reporters and editors from 102 countries, climate journalists face several dangers due to their work
•  76% of surveyed journalists reported that insufficient resources limit their coverage of environmental and climate issues

🔭 The context: Despite the increasing prominence of climate stories, many journalists self-censor due to fear of repercussions, and a significant number feel pressured to include climate change skeptics for perceived balance

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Protecting climate journalists is crucial for ensuring transparent and accurate reporting on environmental issues, which is essential for informed public discourse and effective policy-making
• Threats and violence against these journalists undermine efforts to address the climate crisis

⏭️ What's next: There is a pressing need to provide more resources and support for climate journalists, including funding for in-depth journalism, training, and access to data and experts
• Strengthening legal protections and support networks for journalists can help ensure their safety and freedom to report

💬 One quote: “The work of ‘covering the planet’ poses diverse challenges for journalists all around the world – but this work is urgent and vital,” said Dr. Gabi Mocatta, lead researcher from Deakin University

📈 One stat: Nearly 40% of journalists covering the climate crisis have received threats, and 11% have faced physical violence
• The threats often come from individuals involved in illegal activities like logging and mining, while 30% of journalists face legal threats from corporations and governments

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