Godman’s team went all out to defend their deity’s honor. At this very moment, while I’ m penning this article, every channel on the T.V. screen is showing a bleeding Bhawani Deoria, a reporter with IBN 7’s news channel, a CNN-IBN sister concern.. Another IBN 7 video journalist has also been injured in the attack and has been admitted to the ICU. I’m a Muslim and any of my adverse comments about Asaram might be construed as biased. However, being an Indian citizen I have every right to raise my voice against the brutal attack and condemn the behavior of ineffective police and feckless governments. How pathetic it is that for so many days now the world is watching a So-Called Sadhu, a Rape-Accused hopping from one city to another, in cars and aeroplanes, playing hide and seek, and our spineless netas and coward police are just issuing statements. Lethargy a Fear complex at its zenith !
But before I unpleasantly single out my country, I must realize that serious problems are occurring in all parts of the world. Journalists are reporting the news in places where there is violence and war. Those who write from the places where aggression is most acute are in the greatest danger. Journalism, indeed, has become a difficult, stressful and dangerous job. I’d already put two articles in this blog recently relating the plight of a journalist. It seems ‘reporting’ has become a very very risky and demanding job than ever before.
Should I begin with one of the most courageous of the journalists Daniel Pearl, a Wall Street reporter who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in 2002 or with a local journalist with a Hindi daily who was shot dead in Etawah, home district of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on August 24, 2013? Pearl was kidnapped by Pakistani militants and later murdered by Al-Qaeda in Pakistan. He was known as a gentle, kind and gifted writer. He was serving as a war correspondent. His wife was pregnant w hen was taken by terrorists. His was a glaring and terrible example of what is happening in the world with journalists.
The job of a journalist is to cover news that includes politics, power, corruption, violence and war. There is an explosion of news of any kind and in no time they’re there on the spot. They report, they risk their lives. They fall victim to brutal attacks, torture, imprisonment and death in remote and at strange locations. However, the best stories are captured by journalists who aren’t afraid to take risks. Following is the list of few ‘MARTYRS of Journalism’:
On August 22, 2013, a lady photojournalist working for an English magazine in Mumbai was raped by five persons in Shakti Mills compound of Mahalaxminagar area of the city. The case is too fresh for me to elaborate.
July 20, 2013, officers of the Central Reserve Police Force at Peerbagh in Kashmir assaulted journalists with the English daily ‘Rising Kashmir’.
May 19, 2013, was the inauspicious day when three masked assailants stormed into the office of the Dainik Ganadoot, a Bengali daily, and stabbed manager of the newspaper Ranjit Choudhary, proof-reader Sujit Bhattacharjee, and driver with the newspaper Balaram Ghosh.
On February 12, 2013, Chhattisgarh-based freelancer Nemi Chand Jain’s body was found the morning after he had left his home for Nama village in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.
In Koppaka village of Andhra Pradesh, on January 16, 2013, Telugu Desam Party MLA Chintamaneni Prabhakar beat up a photographer and trainee reporter.
Not to be different, on December 23, 2012, Nanao Singh, a reporter for the newspaper Prime News, was killed when police open fired at a mob in Thangmeiband area of Imphal, Manipur.
The list is a ream full, inexhaustible, for unfortunate victims – the conscience keepers of the world. World is becoming a dangerous place for free speech. Where do you stand Mr. India ?
By Naim Naqvi