Saturday, October 07, 2006

Truth and Consequences

The question American journalists sometimes throw to each other is "Would you go to jail for your sources?"

But in Russia, the question may be "Would you risk your life to publish the truth?"

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Russia is the third deadliest country for journalists (right behind Iraq and Algeria). CPJ's Nina Ognianova told NPR that twelve newspeople have been murdered in contract-style killings in the country since 2000, and that murder #13 may have just happened.

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It's stuff like that that makes me take my job, and the tenets that have to be abided by, so seriously.

She might've risked her life for the simple pleasure of informing the public.

On a side note, I say we commission some famous sculptor to do one of her from the waste up -- pen in hand -- and a message at the bottom.

"We will never forget."

You think them nigs from 9/11 are the only ones that need to be remembered?

Posted by Blogger M-Dubb @ 3:12 PM, October 07, 2006 #

I had a recruiter tell me once, "If you aren't down to go to Iraq tommorrow if they ask you then you aren't ready to be a journalist."

I think I know what he was talking about, and I get a little closer to that point every day.

Posted by Blogger D. Sands @ 8:51 AM, October 09, 2006 #

They say the pen is mightier than the sword.

I think another saying says a coward dies 1,000 deaths, while a man dies just once.

The Russian journalist that was recently killed died once.

Honestly, though, I am not sure if I am ready to die like I'm sure she was. A part of me says she had it coming, and should've quit while she was ahead - then another says she's a truly valiant soul. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle.

Posted by Blogger Slav @ 7:42 PM, October 10, 2006 #

Incidentally, there is a memorial for journalists killed in the line of duty at the Freedom Forum's Newseum in Freedom Park, Arlington, VA. Link here:

Anna Politskaya has been included on the preliminary list of honorees for 2006.

I saw it when I was in high school on a field trip, and its one of the reasons I decided to become a journalist - and hopefully, eventually a foreign correspondent.

And Slav, can you explain exactly how this woman "had it coming and should've quit while she was ahead"? I'll wait for your answer before I commence ranting.

Posted by Anonymous roamingknowmad @ 4:52 PM, October 16, 2006 #
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