“Rough Treatment for 2 Journalists in Pakistan”

January 21, 2007

Carlotta Gall has a detailed story about the Taliban resurgence on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan on page 1 of The Times today. The article continues on page 12 with the above title in a box. Gall explains in the first person how she and her photographer, Akhtar Soomro, were physically harmed, stolen from and detained by “plainclothesmen” who had been following them. As if that wasn’t horrifying enough, she said they learned that data had been copied from their seized computers, notebooks and phones. This is a dangerous field- journalism. I remember watching Calvin Skaggs documentary, “Democracy on Deadline: The Global Struggle for an Independent Press,” and being inspired and GRATEFUL that Gall had so much gumption. It’s clear to me how important it is that people like her exist, and can withstand 2 punches in the face, and then write about it. I can only hope that one day i’ll be able to say the same thing about myself and my fellow classmates.


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