A deadly profession: When journalists become the news

There are many jobs in the world that are designed for one sole purpose: to inform others of current events locally and globally. Some of those jobs are news reporters, journalists and columnists. These professions are useful to allow people to learn more about the world around them, give others advice, update them on new trends and other current events.

These careers entail a great love for investigating, creative thinking and a passion for writing. However in the career descriptions, it does not mention the prosecution, discouragement, negative remarks — or worse — they may face.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) 1,127 journalists have been killed since 1992.

Of that total, 166 people died in Iraq, 81 people sided in Syria and 77 died in the Philippines. Others died in Algeria, Russia, Somalia, Pakistan etc. In percentages, 66 percent were murdered, 21 percent died of crossfire in war, and the other 13 percent died from reporting in other dangerous circumstances.

CNN.com reported on an issue similar to topic on Aug. 27, 2015. CNN explained, After he shot two journalists on live TV and before he shot himself, Bryce Williams sent a message: “I’ve been a human powder keg for a while….just waiting to go BOOM.”

Those were the words the gunman wrote in a chilling fax to ABC News, according to the network.

“The document purportedly from the Virginia shooter came after he gunned down WDBJ-TV journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward, spurring a manhunt that ended when he turned a gun on himself as troopers closed in.”

Another incident occurred in Belize in 2015. ABC7 Chicago journalist Anne Swaney, according to the Inquisitor, was killed. The search for Swaney’s body concluded when authorities found the journalist “floating in the river face down and in a state of undress, murdered.” According to the autopsy, the murdered journalist was found to be a victim of “asphyxia by compression of the neck, manual strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head and neck.”

So far in 2016, three journalists have been killed. One of the journalists killed was Almigdad Mojalli on Jan. 17 in Hamam Jarif, Yemen.

The Committee to Protect Journalists explained further, “Almigdad Mojalli was killed by a Saudi-led coalition airstrike outside the capital of Sanna on the morning of January 17, 2016.”

The journalist was on an assignment for Voice of America.

The Committee to Protect Journalists stated, “Mojalli, 34, also frequently assisted international journalists in covering the conflict as a fixer and source of information. According to IRIN, Mojalli considered fleeing Yemen multiple times but decided to stay to continue his work documenting the conflict.

More than 5,800 people died in the fighting since the start of the conflict in March 2015 including Mojalli’s death, according to the Associated Press.”

The other two journalists killed in 2016 are Al-Anbaki and  Safi  Talal. The CPJ explained “Talal, a correspondent for the independent television channel AlSharqiya, was shot dead alongside one of the station’s cameraman, Hassan alAnbaki, on January 12, 2016.”

Individuals need to be aware of these horrible incidents. It is a shame that journalists, news reporters and columnists can be and have been prosecuted for informing others around them.