“Pray for a speedy recovery and the best for their famlies.”
With the growing decline of newspaper readership, but far more important, the loss of advertising revenue there is an increasing interest in “Citizen Journalism”.
For those that are not too familiar with the term “Citizen Journalism” it is that reportage or information that is uploaded to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, MySpace and many general and micro-blogging sites that are now posting both general and breaking news.
The idea of information coming from a skilled, passionate and creative journalist is becoming a thing of the past.
The information that a dedicated journalist provides their readers/viewers changes lives due to their communitive power and excellent news judgment.
To rely on untrained citizens, no matter how “good meaning” they may be, is like going to PetSmart for your medical needs.
This week, two Associate Press journalist were injured in Afghanistan by roadside bombs. Two journalists who provided the world community with high journalistic content and standards…much more that you can get from a “tweet”.
TWO AP JOURNALIST INJURED BY ROADSIDE BOMB
KABUL (August 12, 2009) — A roadside bombing has wounded two Associated Press journalists embedded with the U.S. military in southern Afghanistan, AP said today.
Photographer Emilio Morenatti and AP Television News videographer Andi Jatmiko were traveling with the military when their vehicle was struck by the bomb Tuesday.
Both were immediately taken to a military hospital in Kandahar, AP said. Jatmiko suffered leg injuries and two broken ribs. Morenatti, badly wounded in the leg, underwent an operation that resulted in the loss of his foot.
Morenatti, 40, a Spaniard, is an award-winning photographer based in Islamabad who has worked for AP in Afghanistan, Israel, and the Palestinian territories. He was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 2009 in the University of Missouri School of Journalism’s Pictures of the Year International contest.
In October 2006, Morenatti was kidnapped at gunpoint in the Gaza Strip and held for a day before being released unharmed.
Jatmiko, 44, of Indonesia, has reported for the AP from throughout Asia for more than 10 years.
AP president Tom Curley said their injuries reflected “the risks that journalists like Emilio and Andi encounter every day as they staff the front lines of the most dangerous spots of the world. We are grateful for their bravery and their commitment to the news. Our hearts are with them and their families, especially Emilio’s wife, Marta, and Andi’s wife, Pingkan.”
AP says that journalists have faced increasing danger from roadside bombs as they go on assignment with Western troops carrying out new offensives as part of the effort by the United States and its allies to turn the tide of the Afghan war.
Eighteen journalists were killed in Afghanistan between 1992 and 2008, making it the eleventh most dangerous country in the world for media workers, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. At least one more has been killed this year.
Roadside bombs are now the cause of the majority of U.S. and NATO deaths in Afghanistan.
According to figures from the U.S.-based Joint IED Defeat Organization, the number of incidents from IEDs, or improvised explosive devices, soared to 828 last month, the highest level of the war and more than twice as many as in July 2008.