- 63.8% of people surveyed believe that journalism is now “a lot” or “a little” more dangerous than ten years ago.
- Crimes against and assaults on journalists continue to increase, with 2020 being one of the highest years of recorded attacks. This trend is increasing both domestically  and internationally. 
- In the U.S. alone, there have been over 220 physical attacks reported on journalists in 2020 compared to only 30-50 annual totals over the previous four years.
Do you think journalism is a MORE or LESS dangerous job than it was 10 years ago?
Over the last several years, the average number of attacks has been somewhere between 30-50 per year, but in 2020 alone, this number has jumped to over 220 attacks with one month left remaining — setting a record. These numbers are likely misrepresented, too, given that minor attacks and assaults remain unreported to authorities. According to a New York Times op-ed, treatment towards journalists outside the U.S. is even more concerning when governments don’t protect the press. It also is worth mentioning that while physical attacks are one form of reported attacks, many journalists have expressed fear around online and digital attacks. It’s not uncommon for a journalist who writes unfavorably about a prominent political figure to receive all types of threats through email and social media.