The greatest advertisement of a great profession

In The Insider, Dustin Hoffman Al Pacino plays the role of Lowell Bergman, the CBS investigative journalist who does an expose of the tobacco industry. When a source scoffs at the parasitical role journalists play, Hoffman offers this succinct defence of journalism:

“I was putting my life on the line when you were dicking around golf courses.”

The photograph above, short by a Reuters stringer, captures the true spirit of our great profession. And portrays the lengths to which journalism’s great soldiers go to, risking life and limb, to bring the real picture to readers, viewers and listeners.

In picture, Kenji Nagai of APF tries to take photographs as he lies injured after police and military officials fired upon and then charged at protesters in the Burmese capital, Rangoon, on Thursday, September 27, 2007.

Kenji, 52, a Japanese photographer, was shot by soldiers as they fired to disperse the crowd.

Kenji later died.

While hundreds were dicking around golf courses. Scoffing at journalism and journalists.

Photo courtesy: Reuters

Also read: Citizen journalists evade blackout on Myanmar News

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