Journalists 'under attack' worldwide, says AP presidentApril 8, 2014
Gary Pruitt spoke Monday at a news conference before a symposium focusing on some Al-Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Egypt.
Pruitt touched on the recent death of AP photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus (AHN'-yuh NEE'-dring-hows). She was killed last week in Afghanistan, and her colleague Kathy Gannon was seriously wounded. The women were covering the run-up to the country's elections.
Pruitt says the increased dangers to reporters and the growing secrecy of governments make journalists' jobs more challenging but also more important.
Egyptian authorities say the Al-Jazeera journalists engaged in terrorism-related offenses by providing a platform to the Muslim Brotherhood. Their defenders say they were doing their jobs as journalists.
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