Thursday 19 January 2017

Threats against the media are an affront to society

Published 12/02/2016 | 02:30

How Independent News and Media fearlessly reported the outrageous gangland shootings
How Independent News and Media fearlessly reported the outrageous gangland shootings

In the burgeoning ganglands the automatic weapon is the arbiter of right and wrong. Fear is the oxygen that sustains the criminal underworld. But no decent society can tolerate this. Where life is worthless and money is the only thing of value, there is no moral currency.

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Journalists frequently find themselves in uncharted waters, far from the comfort of the shore. Indeed, it is a luxury for a reporter to find themselves swimming with the tide; more often, the currents are against them.

All the same, the idea that cold-blooded threats will stop the media from doing its job is delusional. Reporters represent the public. They are the eyes and ears of the man and woman who does not have the privilege, nor the opportunity, to go after the story - whoever, whatever, or wherever that story may be.

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