The role of journalists across the globe is especially important as the need to share the news across various outlets becomes integral, despite the range of social media forms. For some journalists, the job to investigate and disseminate the news comes at risks to their personal safety, but the job must be done.
James Foley, 40, was an American journalist who worked for the website GlobalPost. Foley hailed from the small state of New Hampshire. Dedicated to his craft and his profession, he was captured in November 2012 while covering the Syrian unrest. He was beheaded by ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), or ISIL operatives. The video of the gruesome murder was splashed across the airwaves in an attempt to intimidate other journalists and send a message to the U.S President Barack Obama that he needs to stop airstrikes targeting the Islamist extremists.
Another American journalist, Steven Sotoloff, 31, originally from South Florida was a freelancer for Time and The Christian Science Monitor. The focus of his work was to highlight the plight of Muslims “at the hands of tyrants.” He was beheaded days after his mother aired an appeal directly to his captors. President Obama has stated that his objective is to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS. While British Prime Minister David Cameron threatened to “do everything in our power to hunt down these murderers,” after a British aid worker David Haines, was beheaded.
As the world becomes more dangerous for various reasons such as wars, political strife and socio-economic factors, journalists take even greater risks to perform their jobs. But the dangers do not diminish the vital role that journalists play in society: investigating and disseminating the news. When journalists are tortured, murdered or harassed and arrested without justification, like they were this summer in Ferguson, Missouri, it is important for collective voices to be raised against such actions. Your right to be informed about every facet of society depends on it.–OnPointPress.net.