Thursday, January 29, 2015

Risky Business

Not Today

“Most journalists who regularly risk their lives to do their jobs are not foolhardy. They don’t want to die. They might say that no story is worth their lives. But they might add that you’re asking the wrong question. Because they’re not going to die today. War journalists can usually find reasons to predict why they will survive ahead of their more impulsive colleagues.” 

—Jeremy Bowen, BBC Middle East editor, in John Plunkett, “Jeremy Bowen: Even daring reporters may deem Isis threat too risky,” The Guardian, Nov. 4, 2014 Image: ISIS hostage journalist Kenji Goto

Editorial Comment: No story is worth their lives.

Related:Kenji Goto: Abe condemns ‘despicable’ IS hostage video,” BBC 

PeezPix by Ted Pease 

Sunrise Beach

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