May 29 2009
It’s a fantastic study of the heroism of journalists who will kept reporting on the corruption and injustice that surrounds them, even knowing full well that they live on borrowed time.
Why did they do it? It’s simple to forget for people in this part of the world with options about where they can go, that these people are fighting for change in the places where they live. What could be more natural?
That doesn’t take away from their bravery, but it does help clarify their motivations. A fascinating read.
An excerpt with a quote from murdered Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickramatunga:
“People often ask me why I take such risks and tell me it is a matter of time before I am bumped off. Of course I know that: it is inevitable. But if we do not speak out now, there will be no one left to speak for those who cannot, whether they be ethnic minorities, the disadvantaged or the persecuted.”
Thanks to my friend Shane Birley for lending me this excellent read. Cheers.