Even in the worst of hazards, events have to be reportedPosted by Angela Howser on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 @ 2:27 pm.
WORLD—It’s been a horrible turn of events for several foreign reporters who are trying to get the truth out of Cairo, as several world news agencies are chronicling beatings, abductions, stonings, you name it for journalists covering from countries outside Egypt.
Since the the government under Hosni Mubarak has shut down almost all internet connections, there’s been a dearth of real information coming from the country, where there’s an uprising complete with raging mobs.
ABC news reporter Brian Hartman has been threatened with beheading. Wow, and we think we have it bad. Our worst griping lately has come from readers whining about certain coverage, not from the public officials.
Here’s recent coverage from The UK Independent:
Foreign journalists were beaten with sticks and fists by pro-government mobs on the streets Cairo on Thursday and dozens were reported detained by security forces in what the U.S. called a concerted attempt to intimidate the press.
Foreign photographers reported a string of attacks by supporters of President Hosni Mubarak near Tahrir Square, the scene of vicious battles between Mubarak supporters and protesters demanding he step down after nearly 30 years in power. The Egyptian government has accused media outlets of being sympathetic to protesters who want Mubarak to quit now rather than complete his term as he has pledged.
The rest at the link:
There are times when in order to get the story, you have to stick your head in the mouth of the lion. Both of us have braved elements to get coverage of violent weather events; and, to a lesser degree, hostile old biddies and their hen-pecked husbands in order to cover village and township stories that no one else will report, even when there’s wrongdoing going on (Equality Township in Gallatin County and Berry Township in Wayne County come immediately to mind, although there have been others, including, at times, the need to call for law enforcement escort merely to get safely out of town).
But we’ve never endured anything like Cairo, Egypt….and we hope we never have to, but this kind of uprising isn’t limited to Third World countries, and no one should say “it can’t happen here,” because it can.
So what do you think? Should there be reporters with enough backbone to go into dangerous territory and cover breaking events such as these….or is this mere foolishness? We want to know your opinion. Post it here!
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