Wars And People Essay

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Generally, it is very difficult to reach an absolute truth in the war. Instead of the truth, each party in the conflict, satisfy itself with their own interests of truth. It is understandable that each side wants to take credit for all the ideals of kindness, generosity, justice, and when time comes to describe a war, then everyone wants to be a victim, and no one wants the role of the aggressor and perpetrator. I do think the truth is the “first casualty of War” in the context of war reporting. Usually the truth about what really happened during a war is coming to the surface when the war is finished. Sometimes it takes years and years – We are still learning new things about the World War ...view middle of the document...

If the reporter is taking the path of less resistance, he will just report what someone says to him, and if he is a real reporter, he will report only what he personally sees. Media manipulation is in every conflict; media is increasingly important. Reporter must check all the information several times, as it can easily become a source of propaganda and that is not the job of reporters. Photographer Malcolm Browne and his best of the year photograph of the self-immolation of Buddhist monk, instantly circled the planet. It attracted a lot of attention. Newspapers put that photograph before the eyes of the whole world. The image of the monk’s death is terrible and captivating at the same time. It is the forever frozen moment in which a monk dies in a whirl of flame, people around him on the street, with faces of shock and fear. As humans, reporters should have a moral obligation to intervene when they are taking photographs of a hazardous situation, or of a situation that is inflicting death or harm on others. However, war photographers play absolutely different role in the war conflict. Their role is to document the war and not to intervene. War reporters are often in dangerous situations and, inevitably, some of them die doing their job. Today’s compact equipment allows photographers to work side by side with soldiers. Whether it is a camera or a pen, war reporters are risking their lives to tell the story of the war, and that makes them an impartial observers rather that active participant in the war. Photos must show the reality of war and that is why the reporters are close to the soldiers, on the very front lines in order to show exactly what they do, how they feel, how they run, how they are firing weapons... There is a risk, but it is necessary. If they want to tell the true story, they have to be there.
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