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Journalists In Danger: "We Were Beaten, We Were Blindfolded, Tied Up"

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A dangerous job is getting more dangerous - 2012 is the deadliest year on record for journalists, according to the UN. The photojournalist Lynsey Addario talked to HuffPost Live host Josh Zepps about her experience in Libya, where she was detained by Muammar Gaddafi's troops during the uprising.

"They detained us for 6 days... We were beaten, we were blindfolded, tied up, hands and feet, put in prison, constantly threatened."

Despite the risks, Addario continues her work, saying that "at the end of the day, I'm a photographer, and I have to be there, I have to be on the front line. And if I'm not, then I can't tell the story." Starting a family made that decision harder, said Addario, but is based on the crucial role journalists play.

"It's hard to take that risk and to know that I have a son now. But I hope that he'll grow up and he'll understand that I'm doing what I'm doing because it's an important job. Policymakers have to see what's going on on the ground, and that's only going to happen through responsible journalism."

Watch the full segment at HuffPost Live.