to be tough is not being tough.
life is not about being tough it is about being kind and being good.
who live to be tough should wake up to the fact that they are troublemakers
and that troublemakers are not a welcome breed.
also awaken to living just once and how much time they are wasting on thinking
tough. That doesn't sound much like being tough at all."
often in gutter press policies. That can make it much harder for the general
public to begin to fully appreciate the implications of the conspiratorial
murder of a journalist.
I was imprisoned for several years
for once attempting to publish something someone in high places didn't want
published. I was a young greenhorn at the time, too naive to cover my tracks
and, more importantly, to safeguard myself.
I was up against a well-oiled machine
powered by the dogma of status quo. Was it worth it? Yes. To compromise
your own ethics can sometimes be far worse.
The journalist is often the most seen
yet less recognised professional working within the reach of danger.
It fell to me at the time as reporter
to write the front page story that appeared on the bulk of the newspapers
regional editions across London and the eastern counties.
The report was purely factual, gathered
from police, military and medical sources and eye witnesses. The IRA had
already claimed responsibility, according to official sources.
Right beneath the banner headline was
my name. I often wondered what editorial discussion may have led to the
decision to use such a headline.
For several days I nervously glanced
across the road from the fifth-floor newsroom window to the multi-storey
car park just yards away,
wondering if a mortar might be fired in retaliation while life in the newsroom
just went on as usual.
Over the years, dozens of journalists
have been killed at their work, many for being where and who they were at
the time, while others have been assassinated for political or for other
equally sinister motives.
Reputable journalists do not lie. They
might make mistakes, but they do not lie. Fear of exposure, fear of loss,
by Keith Harris
That was the
two-inch banner headline splashed across the front page of the local newspaper
after a bomb exploded at Colchester army barracks in the UK in the late
1980s. If you are or aspire to be a journalist, then this report concerns
lead people into desperate and dangerous action that
rebounds on others. Every day dozens of reports stream from differently
troubled parts of the world, sent by journalists who are recording what
is going on. Such people's lives are in constant danger.
is a public emissary for people in being at places that those people are
not or cannot be.
would wish to silence journalists seek to prevent them imparting knowledge
and facts to the people. That makes those wishing to silence journalists
enemies of the common good. These are hard, reasoned conclusions.
can also be a publicly misunderstood lot, with much of the blame
Irish Independent journalist
Veronica Guerin paid the ultimate price when she was murdered in Dublin
while working on a criminal investigation. Journalists are murdered throughout
the world with distressing regularity.
other, unplanned dangers, physical and psychological. In short, there
are the stories behind the compilation of the news.
the stories that dont get told. Like how the writer felt about being
caught up in and with the circumstances of the story.
they assimilate and live with such stories of their own and of those around
them, be it in the newsroom or in the field.
such events might have changed their own lives, and how they look back
upon those circumstances and changes.
These are real stories of the real world, of being
caught up in and part of the news itself.
stories that should be told because journalists are people too. And told
they will be, but not only for that.
can benefit by their experience, including those who might aspire to the
ranks of journalism. And, lets be honest now everyone likes
a good story.
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