Colvin: why we journalists must continue going to war despite the dangers | Media | guardian.co.uk

by peterjukes

“Our mission is to speak the truth to power. We send home that first rough draft of history. We can, and do, make a difference in exposing the horrors of war and especially the atrocities that befall civilians.”

Despite the changes in technology, allowing front-line reporters to transmit their copy in an instant, she believes war reporting is still essentially the same as it always has been.

“Someone has to go there and see what is happening. You can’t get that information without going to places where people are being shot at, and others are shooting at you.

The real difficulty is having enough faith in humanity to believe that enough people be they government, military or the man on the street, will care when your file reaches the printed page, the website or the TV screen.

We do have that faith because we believe we do make a difference.”

via Colvin: why we journalists must continue going to war despite the dangers | Media | guardian.co.uk.

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