Journalism, indeed, has become a difficult, stressful and dangerous job. I’d already put two articles here on this platform recently, relating the plight of a journalist. It seems ‘reporting’ has become a very very risky and demanding job than ever before.
Should I begin with one of the most courageous of the journalists Daniel Pearl, a Wall Street reporter who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in 2002 or with a local journalist with a Hindi daily who was shot dead in Etawah, home district of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on August 24, 2013?
Pearl was kidnapped by Pakistani militants and later murdered by Al-Qaeda in Pakistan. He was known as a gentle, kind and gifted writer. He was serving as a war correspondent. His wife was pregnant when he was taken hostage by the terrorists. His was a glaring and terrible example of what is happening with the journalists across the world.
The job of a journalist is to cover news be it on politics, power, corruption, violence or war. Journalists in no time reaches the spot, whenever something newsy happens. They report, they risk their lives.
They fall victim to brutal attacks, torture, imprisonment and death in remote and strange locations. However, the best stories are captured by journalists who aren't afraid to take risks. Following is the list of few ‘Martyrs of Journalism’:
On August 22, 2013 a lady photojournalist interning for an English magazine in Mumbai was raped by five persons in Shakti Mills compound of Mahalaxminagar area of the city. The case is too fresh for me to elaborate.
July 20, 2013: Officers of the Central Reserve Police Force at Peerbagh in Kashmir assaulted journalists associated with the English daily ‘Rising Kashmir’.
May 19, 2013 was the inauspicious day when three masked assailants stormed into the office of the Dainik Ganadoot, a Bengali daily, and stabbed manager of the newspaper Ranjit Choudhary, proof-reader Sujit Bhattacharjee, and driver with the newspaper Balaram Ghosh.
On February 12, 2013, Chhattisgarh-based freelancer Nemi Chand Jain’s body was found the morning after he had left his home for Nama village in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.
In Koppaka village of Andhra Pradesh, on January 16, 2013, Telugu Desam Party MLA Chintamaneni Prabhakar beat up a photographer and trainee reporter.
Not to be different, on December 23, 2012, Nanao Singh, a reporter for the newspaper Prime News, was killed when police fired at the mob in Thangmeiband area of Imphal, Manipur.
The list is a ream full, inexhaustible, for unfortunate victims - the conscience keepers of the world. World is becoming a dangerous place for free speech. Where do you stand India?