Current Comments: Do We Really Need Journalists to Put Themselves in Danger?

These days we hear frequent reports of journalists being kidnapped, imprisoned and even killed through getting involved in the world’s trouble spots. Wherever a war breaks out, an army of newsmen, photographers and television crews rush to get a scoop, and in doing so put themselves in danger. In not a few cases they become part of the problem and part of the action. They may succeed in multiplying the news stories but often at great cost in human terms. Surely most wars would proceed more swiftly to a conclusion without the generals having to factor the media into their strategic plans, and the family and friends of the journalists would much prefer them to stay at home.