While recent stories about the tragic deaths of James Foley and Steven Sotloff dominated new headlines in recent weeks, the fact is that journalists have been under attack since the profession began. In a recent blog post, Alan Krawitz asks if journalists are at greater risk today, and what if anything can be done to protect them.

Naturally, the extreme events in Syria and the Middle East grab our attention, but there are disturbing examples of suppression of the press here in the U.S. For example, nearly a dozen reporters were recently detained and released without charge during the Ferguson, Missouri unrest. There were also reports that journalists were threatened by police and actually hit by rubber bullets and tear gas.

It does seem that the risk to journalists is increasing. Since 1992, 1,074 journalists have been killed according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Over six years ago, Trylon SMR President Lloyd Trufelman wrote an editorial urging the support of CPJ and other groups.

It is ironic that the increasing pressure brought to bear on journalists to suppress reporting and shape news cycles creates a stronger need for the media to resist these attempts and brave the consequences of reporting truthfully and honestly. We continue to support the efforts of organizations such as CPJ to illuminate this issue and advocate for the freedom of the press.