The Italian ‘activist’ was keen on that photo, as if her social media activism career was dependent on it. As if the misery of the poor Syrian child was not palpable enough in his dejected face and his rash-infested skin, she wanted to define a point of absolute misery for a perfect Instagram photo. So she handed him a bucket filled with rocks collected from the arid Jordanian desert, not far away from the Syria border. He carried the heavy rocks and posed for the photo.
Journalism has long been a dangerous business for those whose beats were warzones, authoritarian governments or organized crime. But today’s danger zone journalism is more perilous than ever before, so much so that major media organizations refuse to allow their journalists to cover some regions or to accept freelance material from there.
Reporting from the Danger Zone: Frontline Journalists, Their Jobs and an Increasingly Perilous Future(Routledge 2016) explores this changing world and what it means for frontline reporters—both foreign and local correspondents—how they navigate in these environments to do their jobs, what they risk and face, and ultimately why we receive some stories but not others. Kidnappings, torture, detention and post-traumatic stress are some of their experiences—which can impair a journalist’s ability to continue in the profession. This book tells these stories behind the stories we receive.
The South African government has again threatened to create a body to regulate the news media. The Minister of Communications,Faith Muthambi, especially wants the print media to be transformed. She has suggested a statutory body such as the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to monitor the industry. However, the Press Council’s executive director,Joe Thloloe,says the role the council has played as print media ombudsman is more than enough regulation.
Refugees and migrants came to these Nordic countries in record numbers in 2015. Some Swedes and Finns are using Facebook and Twitter to voice opinions that would have seemed unthinkable a few years ago.
Mrs Charlotte Osei, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, has asked journalists to maintain high ethical standards and professionalism in reporting the electoral process to promote peaceful presidential and parliamentary polls in December.