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The Chartered Institute of Journalists expresses sympathy and solidarity with colleagues at the Capital Gazette

Press release
Release date: 29 June 2018

The Chartered Institute of Journalists expresses its deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those killed and injured in the multiple shooting attack on the newsroom of the Capital Gazette daily newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, USA.

Institute President Janice Shillum says this is “a truly horrific incident” and “sadly symptomatic of a world where people increasingly now use bombs, acid, guns or knives to settle any kind of problem.”

She says the Institute sees the massacre as a disturbing feature of the risks journalists face every day while doing their job: “Journalists are becoming the pariahs of our weirdly skewed society when they actually have a vital role to play in protecting that world and its citizens.”

Reporters Without Borders reported that in 2017, 65 journalists were killed in connection with the provision of news and information. 60% were murdered or deliberately targeted. 40% were killed while reporting.

Janice Shillum says “the attack on the Capital Gazette is disturbingly reminiscent of the massacre of staff at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 in which 12 people died.”

She added: “The use of violence to avenge journalistic content is an attack on democracy and human freedom.”

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Notes to editors:

Formed in 1884, the Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIoJ) is the world’s oldest established professional body for journalists, and a representative voice of media and communications professionals throughout the UK and the Commonwealth.