The recent brutal death of journalist James Foley, beheaded by ISIS, brings into focus something reporters have known for years, but not done a very good job of educating the rest of us.
It’s a brutal world out there for reporters in many places. Right now, Syria is the most dangerous country on earth..for reporters trying to get their stories out.
A few years ago it was Iraq, before that the Balkans. As the news changes, so does the place of greatest danger..but the risks of being a journalist never cease. 13 have been killed, so far, next door in Mexico, most covering the drug wars there.
Since 1982 when the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) began keeping records, over 1070 reporters, photographers, etc have been killed. These are “confirmed” KIAs..so many others are merely “missing”, 39 in fact, with over 20 in Syria this year alone.
And that doesn’t count the more than 200 in prisons and jails all over the globe.
In 2009 and 2012 74 journalists died worldwide practicing their profession…for you. These were the worse years ever. Not that 2013 was much better; only 70 died then.
As freedom is not free (ask any Gold Star family), freedom of the press is not free. People die supporting it, practicing it, improving it.
The Information Age comes with risks and cost, not the least of which was so dramatically and tragically demonstrated by James Foley.
Once in a while, please remember him…and the many others..as you watch, read, or listen.
I'm just sayin'...