What's it like being a bodyguard?

Source: BBC News, 4 April 2011

The close protection industry is flourishing, but is the life of a bodyguard really anything like the movies, asks Yasmeen Khan.

"Give me your money now! Now!" The man shouting doesn't seem able to intimidate the woman on the receiving end.

Calmly and confidently she puts one hand over the barrel of [...]

US deaths show growing pirate violence in hijackings

Source: BBC News, 23 February 2011.
By Will Ross

It may be some time before we learn the exact details of the incident that saw four Americans hijacked and killed by Somali pirates off the coast of Oman.

Accounts vary, and the American military says the pirates fired first - a rocket propelled grenade.
Shots were then [...]

Journalists in danger as Middle East erupts

Source : The First Post, 17 February 2011
By Jonathan Harwood

As violent protests continue to sweep the Middle East, the region is in danger of becoming a no-go zone for journalists. Days after the appalling attack on CBS reporter Lara Logan in Cairo's Tahrir Square, another American reporter suffered a beating, this time in Bahrain.

Radio [...]

Shine a spotlight on journalist killings

Source : The Guardian, 14 September 2010
By Trisha Andres

Last year saw a 40% global increase in killings of journalists – most covering their local beat or conducting investigations.

In 2009, 110 journalists and media staff were killed – a staggering 40% increase from the previous year. A report published on 12 September by the [...]

VIP protection costs £310,000 a day

Source: Belfast Telegraph, 5 August 2010

Britain's largest police force is spending at least £310,000 every 24 hours protecting Royals, VIPs and diplomats, it can be revealed.

Scotland Yard racked up a £113,598,687 bill for armed bodyguards who shadow high-profile individuals and patrol at-risk properties in 2009-10.

The figure was less than the £127,784,028 spent in 2008-9, but [...]

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