Journalists under threat, from within
Frontline Freelance

Absolutely correct. Low pay means that freelance reporters take more risks in the field. Another risk is the kill fee culture. Uncertainty of having a piece even published — and getting only 25% of the agreed upon rate — can put pressure of freelancers to chance more salacious stories that have bigger headlines. It can pressures freelancers to fudge facts when the real world does not match the pitch.

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