Soldiers of truth

IT’S THAT time of the year again when news agencies start peddling regulation year enders. This time around, they have something to report on their own lot. Year 2004 was the deadliest for the media in a whole decade. Fifty-four journalists paid the highest price in the course of doing their duty, says the Europe-based Committee to Protect Journalists. And almost half of those killed lost their life in Iraq. Now that is hardly surprising. We all know this has been a most difficult war, from the media’s point of view.

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Published: Sun 12 Dec 2004, 11:12 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:12 AM

The all-out battle between the occupying forces and the insurgents has blurred all rules of engagement. As a result, the media is finding it most difficult to report the ongoing conflict. While the majority of mediapersons are inevitably confined to the safety of their hotels, the few who venture out on the sacred mission to witness and report the facts of this war get caught in the crossfire. Many a journalist has fallen to unguided bullets in the unchartered territory of Iraq war. But they continue to do their duty despite the dangers they face every day. Those soldiers of truth continue to do their duty and continue to risk their lives because facts are sacred and the world has a right to know them.



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