War Zone Of Journalism.

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The life of a Journalist is like the life an alcoholic. Your standing up than your falling down again.

Submitted: May 07, 2018

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The longevity of Journalism.
Any good journalist will always tell you that without good and precise investigation first then the reparative story will fail to produce the intricate details of the reporting material, this leads to inaccurate and badly reformative reporting.
The main instinctive of a good and competent journalist is to get as much information as they can, many good journalists have a list of sources that they can call upon to aid them during an investigation, this information can help shape the reporting content and eventually lead to a well written piece of journalism.
Of course,
Being a journalist does require some ‘walking on thin ice’ to gather their required information, when I say walking on thin ice, I don’t mean it in the literal sense, there not anywhere near ice and its just an expression that is used to say that, they will have to look at information and gather information on borderline lawfulness.
They wont break any laws gathering the detailed investigation information but they will be on the borderline of what is legally available and what might constitute a breach of privacy and confidentiality.
That’s what a journalist does, that is their job, they try and bring important information to the masses. (General Public).
If it is considered to be in the public interest then the general public should be informed, this is how journalism has been for hundreds of years.
 
Only Countries or Governments with something sinister to hide will try to stop a journalist from carrying out their job.
Some might say,
Governments have highly sensitive details and for reasons of national security it cannot be released into the public realm but that is always open to interpretation and some Governments around the world would rather not have information released to it’s citizens because of the possible widespread panic that is could cause.
And nobody would want martial law where the military forces take over entire control of the police force and everyone is under curfew. 
‘if your outside after 8pm you will be shot’ by order of the Government.
No one would ever want that of course so that’s why highly confidential & highly sensitive information will never be published to the media.
 
The Struggles of Moral Obligation.
Most professional journalists approach their obligations in a moral way, it’s not all about finders fees and publishing crap just because it gives them a salary.
They feel that they have a responsibility to the wider public, to make them aware of important issues that the public should be aware of.
But again, there is a fine line between what is in the public interest and what is borderline treason. 
The most important thoughts for a journalist before deciding to release confidential and highly sensitive information is ’how safe will I be if I choose to release this to the media’ because highly sensitive information of a particular nature won’t be taken lightly by any Government and could involve a jail term ’or worse’ depending if its classed as national security.
 
Every Government has Corruption.
Corruption can’t really be described as a national security risk if its released and to be honest, people already know that corruption goes on behind the closed doors of power of Governments.
 
Police forces around the world have ‘over time’ been given more and more invasive powers to investigate and search peoples details and history, that of course includes journalists so the once free-press isn’t so free anymore and this is where sometimes sensitive information can be bent out of shape, saying that, journalists have sometimes bent reporting out of shape to.
Police forces differ around the world and each force will have its own agenda and policies to adhere to, most police forces won’t take kindly to any reporting of its own officers going rouge and start to carry out criminal activity so that’s where a good journalist is needed.
It’s not a war zone, it just feels like it that’s all.
You might read the newspapers and think to yourself.. 
’this country is violent now’ but if you look at older copies of newspapers, violence has always been a problem within society of any country, with the advent of the internet it’s given us all the ability to view news 24 hours a day so what might appear to someone as ’things getting worse’ is only because we all get the news faster than years ago.
Crime happens all the time, thankfully most crime is classed as low level crime but we get the information virtually straight away so we think that crime is getting terrible, when in fact its around the same as it was years ago.
Computer crime has soared but that’s because everyone uses the internet now, we didn’t have that problem many years ago because the whole internet thing was still in its infancy stage and having a dial up connection as I did years ago wasn’t much of a problem, the only problem in those days was trying to get on the internet!
Although, having copper cables in the early stages of the internet provided a faster internet connection, now everything is aluminium cables so data won’t ever travel as fast as the copper line did, that’s a big step backwards in my opinion! 
 
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