Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Run or Report?

"The Society of Professional Journalists is grieved that an attack on a crusading Mexican newspaper near the Texas border has silenced its investigative reporting on drug traffickers." -from the SPJ website

What do you guys think of that? I know it's not necessarily ethical, but would you run from the story in the face of danger or would you go for it. I honestly don't know what I would do. I suppose it would depend on the issue, right? In this case, I'd probably run.

A few years ago Daniel Pearl, a reporter, was shot for doing his job. He's not been the only man killed in the line of duty, but in the field of journalism, it's doesn't occur often. In this instance, I don't think I would have been there in the first place, but in teh case of the drug trafficking, I don't think I would be able to resist trying to dig up a little more dirt here and there, even if was a bit dangerous.


Nancy Williams said...

Here's a link to complete SPJ statement on the attack on the Mexican newspaper.

Excerpt from it:

We urge Mexican government officials to act quickly to apprehend and prosecute those responsible for this and other attacks on news media and to assure the right of El Mañana and other newspapers to publish freely in the interests of their community. We hope Mexican president Vicente Fox will follow through on his promise that his government will search out and prosecute these attackers.

As a result of the attack, El Mañana owner Ramon Cantu told the Associated Press there would be "zero investigations into the narcos." His paper, he said, would report the almost daily gang-related deaths but would go no further.

While we are saddened at the loss of the investigative fervor of El Mañana, we can understand Cantu’s decision to protect his staff and business, even though this step has left the community without an advocate to fight the traffickers.

Daniel Pearl wasn't shot. He was beheaded by terrorists, on camera.

jenopus said...

Thanks, Nancy.