Journalists have always had to face death threats and violence in the name of exposing truth. Lately, if they’re not signing on to represent a corporate news interest and told sternly what not to write, they’re getting the paint cans of malice dropped on them by warring governments and private interests who fear the truth sliding out of their greasy handshakes. They simply want journalists to shut up. Preventing the exposure of the world’s secrets is the quickest way to do this.
We know how dangerous whistle blowing is because the people who have the balls to do it are consistently the ones targeted by these ‘seekers of justice’. How fucked up is that?
This New York Times article by David Carr (the corporate irony is not lost on me) discusses how free thought has always been the most dangerous enemy, and writers of free thought the biggest target; especially now that governments are accidentally aiming for them as well.
“The battle over ideas — over who owns the truth in a given conflict — should be fought with notebooks and video cameras, not weapons of war.”
Carr goes on to talk about the role of social media and how it has encouraged new, inexperienced journalists to don a smart phone in the middle of a war zone.
“At a time when news outlets in the United States are cutting foreign operations for monetary reasons, cheap and ubiquitous technology has lowered the entry barrier for others who want to engage in journalism, some of whom are already in the theater of conflict and may have partisan motives. Many of those newer players are young and inexperienced in ways that make them particularly vulnerable in the middle of dangerous conflicts.”
If you’re interested in finding out more about the number of journalists that are being killed and what you can do about it, check out the Committee to Protect Journalists.