Permanent | Level 3
The Time Warner World News Gallery provides a sweeping overview of the global news environment. A 36-foot-wide map — updated annually — illustrates the different levels of press freedoms in countries around the world. “Dateline: Danger,” a provocative display within the gallery, focuses on the constant dangers faced by journalists as they do their jobs.
Around the world, journalists are being kidnapped, tortured and killed as the high-profile targets of violent extremists. Since 2014, terrorists in Syria and Yemen have executed four journalists. In January 2015, gunmen stormed the Paris offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, massacring 12 people, eight of them journalists.
More than 90 journalists have been kidnapped in Syria since the country’s civil war began in 2011, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Some European governments have paid ransoms to release journalists; the U.S. government does not. Governments and news organizations are wrestling with how to protect journalists reporting from regions stalked by extremists.