Assistance can come in other forms, too. Awards for journalists can help raise their profiles, thus serving as a deterrent against attacks. Journalism safety courses can help train journalists in protective methods, and that training needs to extend farther into the digital realm. Most importantly, government and military authorities have a responsibility to protect journalists and other citizens who wish to peacefully make their voices heard on the environment.

That way, we can look forward to a year when World Press Freedom Day will be a cause solely for celebration, not mourning.

James Fahn is the executive director of Internews's Earth Journalism Network and the author of A Land on Fire.