By Courtney Fishman
Would you risk your life for for your job? Photographer John Moore does.
I’ll be honest. I’ve never viewed journalism as a “dangerous” career path, but after reading a NY Times article about the precautions photographer John Moore takes to ensure safety while shooting photos of ebola patients, I’m beginning to reconsider this notion.
Ashaka Mukpo, an American journalist and NBC freelance cameraman, tested positive for Ebola on Thursday. Mukpo left Liberia yesterday evening, and arrived today at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Since August, two American Journalists, Scott Sotloff and James Folly, have been beheaded by the terrorist organization ISIS.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 40 journalists have been killed in 2014 worldwide. Unsurprisingly, the deadliest country for journalists is Syria with 10 journalist deaths this year. Iraq is rated second with five deaths.
Freelance journalists and photographers play a crucial role in news-gathering, but there jobs are becoming increasingly more dangerous. Without the protection of security guards or safe living quarters, freelancers are taking on a risk that could cost them their life.
People want the news. It’s in our best interest to stay informed, but who’s looking out for the best interest of these reporters?
Modern day media is filled with freelance opportunity, but would you risk your life in pursuit of a story? Maybe we need to start considering the security and safety of these individuals before pushing them onto a plane.