The loss of journalists like Anthony Shadid of The New York Times, Marie Colvin of The Sunday Times and French photojournalist Remi Ochlik in the past weeks is a reminder that journalism isn’t an easy profession.
They’ve dedicated all their lives writing, reporting and above all bringing out the truth, sharing the real story of people and places cut from the rest of the world.
Come to think of it, this is what journalism is.
In Colvin’s words: “Our mission is to speak the truth to power. We send home that first rough draft of history. We can, and do, make a difference in exposing the horrors of war and especially the atrocities that befall civilians.”
But today, as governments in countries like Bahrain and Syria are barring journalists to enter their territories fearing that the truth might be revealed, raw YouTube videos from the cubicles of conflict seem to show what is going on.
However, David Carr from The New York Times writes: “The video coming out of Syria is important, but without the lens of journalism, it is not sufficient. War requires witness that goes beyond clicking on a YouTube video.”
And what could explain more than this reportage from a war-ravaged country.
As I’m watching this video that captures the graphic and gruesome pictures of what is happening in Homs in Syria, all I can think is that it takes a lot of courage to become a journalist.
I only have one word for their works: Respect.