— Henry Anatole Grunwald
Few minutes, more words, more stories, more risks, more thoughts, quick-clever ways, barely any holidays, exiguous income and a benevolent concern to serve one’s nation. Now this was a journalist’s life in few words. Be it Shujaat Bukhari in 2018 or Altaf Ahmed Faktoo in 1997, reporters in Kashmir “had to work on a razor’s edge in what is effectively the world’s most heavily militarised zone”.
It’s not just Kashmir, but places like Syria too, reporters have left no place untouched, in the world. They have covered warzones like the Vietnam war, Kargil war, Syria’s civil war and what not with utmost courage, and till date continue to defy all the dangers that come their way. Life of a journalist is not as easy as it seems. It’s just like a man dying with due warning. It is tough, every other second is uncertain. Right from the moment they step out of the house, dangers or threats hover over them. Either after pushing themselves to probe into the ground realities of any case or to expose a scandal of a renowned politician, in every sphere their worth is inconsiderable.Extortion calls, threats, murders and such things are usually the reward for the truths that they come up with of the most famed people.
There are various kinds journalists bringing news for us from every sphere of life be it Politics, Sports, Television or Society. Each has its own importance, as they provide us with headlines about the most incredible inventions to the top-notch celebrities of the world.
Obviously they aware us of what’s going around and hence there’s an increase in the number of Current Affair’ books in libraries. Besides, they have made a special place in our lives playing the most vital role of acquainting an individual with other human activities. They are the watch-dogs.
Because of them people are awaken and able to rage in justice, in one part, for an innocent life who had suffered an adversity in the other. They help the mass to enlighten with not just events occuring on daily basis but with newer inventions, and facts being discovered.
Also to remind you, these journalists not only comprise of men like Glenn Beck, Jon Stewart, Ravish Kumar, Arnab Goswami, Rajat Sharma, to name a few but also, eminent female personalities that have stepped out of the stereotypical shell and aced in this respective field. Journalist like Barkha Dutt(who coverd the Kargil warfront), Gauri Lankesh( who was a critic of right-wing Hindu extremism), Kate Webb (the woman who covered the Vietnam war) and so on, continue to be an epitome of bravery.
The journalists behind the scenes like the photojournalist, the cameraman, the video journalist, and the videographer play the hardest part to provide us with the evidences of the incident in form of photos and videos, still most of their identities remain unrevealed.
Now I would like to take your attention towards our enthusiastic female journalists, who work really hard to bring the best of news to us and meanwhile stay quite about the awful things that they face at work. Right from the first editor and publisher of women’s newspaper in USA, Elizabeth Timothy, of 19th century, female journalists till date face discrimination, in case of income as well as decision making and other related aspects. Journalists when asked, pointed to some of the problems associated with working in an industry still dominated by men, such as the low priority given to coverage of “women’s” issues and the male-ordered culture which can be hostile to women with family responsibilities.
Some women journalists have chosen to focus on investigative reporting, covering human rights violations, corruption or other subjects that are off-limits in their society. Like their male colleagues, they are the targets of threats, intimidation, physical violence and even murder because of their reporting. But because they are women, the harassment often takes specific, gender-based forms, including sexual smears, violence of a sexual nature and threats against their families. The very fact of being a woman journalist is regarded in some societies as a “violation of social norms” and may lead to reprisals.
According to a survey conducted by International Women’s Media Foundation and the International News Safety Institute, the women complained about how they were stalked by horrid cyber-nuts, experienced pervasive sexual harassment and violence, sexualised taunting and the list goes on.
To conclude they stake their life to get just a piece of news that may or may not seem important to us. A journalist always witnesses first than we do. Here, I’d like to dedicate a quote of Charles de Lint to the life of journalists,
” Don’t forget- no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.”
About the Author:
A great lover of art and poetry. Writing is what I consider a therapy. Colours and alphabets are what attract me the most, I travel too, to find them even at the coast. I see the world in a different way, for imagination sees no night and no day.