Posted on | April 4, 2014 | Comments Off
I weep for fallen journalists, particularly photographers who put themselves in harm’s way to tell us stories that we find inconvenient.
I never met Anja Niedringhaus, the Associated Press photographer who was intentionally shot by Afghan police officer on Friday, but I cry for her nonetheless. Reporting war is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. According to one count, 16 journalists have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001, twice the number that died in World War II. We don’t have flags and special ceremonies for these fallen, so those of us who write and photograph should at least pause.
Take a moment and look at her images courtesy of the Atlantic blog In Focus.
Then ask yourself, why are we there? Who are we helping?