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Journalists face hostile, corrupt environments

Journalists outside Time Warner Centre in New York City after a suspicious package was found in CNN's headquarters on Oct 24, forcing staff to evacuate. CNN, one of President Donald Trump's targets in rants against the media, was among the parties wh
Journalists outside Time Warner Centre in New York City after a suspicious package was found in CNN's headquarters on Oct 24, forcing staff to evacuate. CNN, one of President Donald Trump's targets in rants against the media, was among the parties which received pipe bombs from a Trump supporter last month.PHOTO: REUTERS

It was less than five months ago, on an otherwise quiet day in late June, that a man with hand grenades and a gun came through the doors of the Capital Gazette, a newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, just a short drive out of Washington DC, and started shooting journalists.

The man had a longstanding grudge against the paper. At the end of his rampage, five people had been shot to death, four of them journalists, including 61-year-old editorial page editor Gerald Fischman. The other person killed was 34-year-old Ms Rebecca Smith, a recently hired sales assistant.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 02, 2018, with the headline 'Journalists face hostile, corrupt environments'. Print Edition | Subscribe