Is the US the new “War Zone” for Journalists?
by YosefA on February 5, 2017 - 10:50pm
According to Lizzie Dearden, the author of “Reuters says Journalists should be prepared to treat US under Trump ‘like Iran or Zimbabwe,’” Reuters are getting their press prepared for a “fight” The article was written for Independent News on February 1st, 2017.
Reuters, one of the biggest international news agency, instructed their journalist, with a letter, who work in the United States and even around the world, to practice skills which learned and used in hostile territories or warzones while the country is under Trump’s presidency. It started when Trump and his cabinet called journalist the most dishonest people on our planet. Not only Trump called them out, the reporters, he also indicated that they are the opposite party. Furthermore, Reuters mentioned that they would continue with their job, writing news, no matter what. Besides, the Editor-in-chief of Reuters Stephen J. Adler said that he is worried about the people who work in journalism because anything can happen to them. He gave different countries as an example of what can happen to a journalist, those cases: were killed, prosecuted, attacked, threatened, censored, and denied visas. Those events have seen in countries where war occurs or when people have limited freedom of speech. The countries he talked about are Turkey, The Philippines, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Zimbabwe, China, etc. Concluding, journalists are paid to write and report news all over the world, and there is no reason for them to lie about something that other people have seen. After all, it is not that hard to find out if the news that someone has written is fake or not.
- The source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-media-dishonest-cnn-new-york-times-concerns-treatment-reuters-iran-turkey-zimbabew-a7557886.html
The Do’s and Don’ts, written by Reuters Editor-in-Chief Steve Adler, on how to report news during Trump’s presidency:
- Cover what matters and provide facts.
- Become even more resourceful: If one door is closed open another one.
- Don’t worry about the official access. We, the Reuters’ journalist, have covered a lot of things well without any official access. (Iran for example)
- Never be Intimidated but don’t pick unnecessary fights or make the story about us, the company.
- Don’t take too dark a view of the reporting environment: It’s an opportunity for us to practice the skills we’ve learned in much tougher places around the world and to lead by example – and therefore to provide the freshest, most useful, and most illuminating information and insight of any news organization anywhere.
- An opposite party is a group of a political party or any other organized group that opposite the government.
For more information about Reuters international new agency: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reuters