Risks to ethnic press in America

The San Francisco Chronicle highlights a Committee for the Protection of journalists report that states since 1976, 11 of the 13 journalists killed in the United States in apparent retaliation for their reporting worked for the ethnic press,

“It’s exactly that kind of person who covers the local community in a grassroots level who is most vulnerable to these kinds of attacks,” said Abi Wright, a spokesperson for the [Committee to Protect Journalists]. She said writers are more at risk than broadcasters. “It’s not the leading guy for the leading newspaper in the country. It’s the guy who’s covering his local community … they’re closer to the story. They don’t have the institutional protections from a larger news organization…”
…The lack of respect and visibility for the ethnic press makes the job more dangerous, said De Tran, a former Los Angeles Times reporter who is editor and publisher of V Times, a Vietnamese language newspaper in San Jose. “People who practice journalism in the ethnic press tend to be a little bit more out of the limelight,” said Tran. “Sometimes, when they’re fighting for a particular cause, they’re often alone. … It just opens yourself up to more verbal or physical threats if people know you’re by yourself.” link