Saturday, January 20, 2007

Why we're here...

Journalist's killing shocks Turkey: http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/01/20/turkey.dink/index.html

Journalists in America are under constant attack. We are accused of sensationalizing, politicizing and poor prioritizing. Whether or not all this is true, let us for a moment consider a world in which we are not free to do any of the above.
Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was shot dead in Istanbul Friday. Dink was editor of a weekly newspaper, and a prominent public figure who was criticized by many for speaking out against historic killings of minority Armenians.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the killing a "shock" and an "insult" to the Turkish nation and a "dark day" -- not only for Dink's family but also for all of Turkey. Indeed it was.
Incidents like these a fact of life for journalists all over the world. Bless the men and women who value truth over nationalist rhetoric, who are not corrupted by the whims of politicians and who persist in the face of death. They risk their lives in Iraq, Bosnia and Sudan because they know life will be better for the people of these countries if they succeed.
Because if Americans had not - at some point - honored voices of opposition, we would not be anticipating Sen. Barak Obama's candidacy for President and Nancy Pelosi would not be able to vote, let alone serve as Speaker of the House.
For all our faults - true or imagined - journalists must always remember why we're here. That life IS better for so many because we seek truth and speak for those who do not have a voice. American journalists must hold themselves to the highest standard because people around the world are counting on us to give them something to aspire to.

TB

5 Comments:

At Saturday, January 20, 2007, Anonymous LT said...

Ispirational post, TB;) I have to agree with you here. Our brothers and sisters get a lot of heat for doing or saying the wrong thing... but at least we can. Even with corporate "censorship" or fiscal shortcuts - our system is less bad than many other options.

Thanks for making me feel better about the G's I'm spending on J-school.

LT

 
At Sunday, January 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree TB! I mean some people may want to kill O'Reilly, but since he is in America he can say whatever he feels...and he does. For the most part, I think journalists in America do hold themselves up to high standards. I hope I will too when I finally GET A JOB!

 
At Sunday, January 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JE

 
At Sunday, January 21, 2007, Anonymous TD said...

I saw "Blood Diamond" last night and this post reminded me of some aspects of the film. In it Jennifer Connelly plays a journalist in Sierra Leone looking to expose the how these diamonds are used to fuel civil war and genocide. I think it's an important movie for all people to see, especially journalists, to remind us what we strive for when we get into this profession.

 
At Sunday, January 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said, TB. The only paper opposing the Russian government is shutting itself down due to journalists being mysteriously killed. The reporters want to continue fighting the good fight, but the editor says no. They lost.

God Bless America (tears falling)!!!!

JK

 

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