While trying to provide the public with information during crisis, journalists, media workers and social media producers are frequently casualties of conflict, as well as direct targets of attacks which in most cases go unpunished. When crimes against journalists continue with impunity, a vicious cycle is fed, posing a serious threat to freedom of expression.
Despite these dangers, the work that journalists, bloggers and social media producers do to cover the news in conflict zones is vital to build a plural and diverse media. But more attention needs to be paid to their safety in order to provide the grounds for freedom of expression.
UNESCO, in partnership with The Association for the Support of Free Media and the Syrian News Agency SMART, with the support of Finland have produced a virtual reality 360o video in Syria to bring insights into the everyday risks that journalists endure in conflict zones.