Since 1992, 1,337 journalists have been killed in the line of duty, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). To honor their works, CPJ, with support from News Corp, the Dow Jones Foundation, and HarperCollins Publishers, recently launched “The Last Column,” a book and digital campaign that highlights the human cost of reporting the news. The project also includes a mini-documentary, a series of live events and educational content to raise awareness of CPJ’s work, including their Global Campaign Against Impunity.
The website captivates readers right away as the names of the deceased journalists appear one-by-one on the screen to form a thick black box. The book (also available on the website) is dedicated “to all journalists” and features an introduction by CNN’s chief international correspondent, Clarissa Ward, and the last works of journalists killed in the line of duty including Daniel Pearl of the Wall Street Journal, Marie Colvin of the Sunday Times of London and Jamal Khashoggi of the Washington Post. The documentary features interviews with family, friends and colleagues of the journalists.
“With ‘The Last Column,’ we hope to inspire everyone to learn more about these brave journalists, celebrate freedom of the press, and protect those out there who continue to inform their communities in the face of threats and hardship,” Courtney Radsch, CPJ advocacy director, said in a press release.