Five times when journalists saved the day

A good journalist must be curious about all things. He/she must always be questioning the world in which he/she lives in. A journalist must be an honest person by nature. There are no room in journalism for manipulation and/or lies. The truth is the truth. A journalist must look at the world objectively, but not too objectively that it hinders his/her ability to think critically. A journalist must not be afraid. He/she will be in situations where tough questions must be asked. He/she might be in the middle of physical danger. A journalist cannot be afraid of risk-taking and/or adventure. A journalist must be loyal. He/she must always keep in mind their job’s purpose as a journalist: to be the public’s watchdog. A journalist must always do his/her job for the good of the public’s interest. And a lot more qualities are required which makes a journalist stand out. Here are some of the journalists who stood up for different causes.


Armin Wolf, the journalist who stood up to Putin


Wolf came to international attention for subjecting Vladimir Putin to that same treatment ahead of the Russian president’s state visit to Austria. Interviews by Western media with Putin are rare enough. What set the Austrian’s nearly hourlong chat with the Russia leader apart is that he succeeded in putting Putin on the defensive by interrupting and peppering him with tough follow-up questions on everything from troll factories to chemical attacks in Syria.

 

Faye D’Souza Was the Voice of Reason

As the executive editor of Mirror Now, she's been slaying every now and then without a damn to give. She talks sense and shuts down anyone who implies anything otherwise. The first time she went viral on the internet when she shut down Maulana Yasoob Abbas who told her to show up in her underwear to work if she wants to be considered equal to men. Secondly, when she schooled a member of the Sanathan Sanstha who tried to bring in a religious angle to the Asaram verdict. After that when she told the Chief of Vishwa Hindu Mahasangh that he's a nobody and basically asked him to just STFU. And last but not the least, when she rightly called out on the sexism and misogyny at the now infamous pub, High Spirits, in Pune.

 

Sean Spicer

 

White House press secretary Sean Spicer set the tone early, accusing reporters of deliberately under-reporting the size of the crowds at Trump's inauguration. "These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong," Spicer said, putting journalists on notice that he would call them out individually, and in public, for reporting the White House found unacceptable.

 

Kuldip Nayar, Doyen of Journalism

Journalists remembered the legendary Mr Nayar for his "fearless" reportage and how he fought for liberal values. He was among the first few journalists to be jailed during the Emergency in 1975. Born in 1924, in Sialkot province of Pakistan, Kuldip Nayar wore several hats in his career spanning over six decades. After getting a degree in law from the famous Forman Christian College in Lahore, he went to the US on scholarship to study in the Medill School of Journalism. Mr Nayar started as a reporter in an Urdu newspaper called Anjam. Later he worked with several leading newspaper houses in the country including the Indian Express and The Statesman. He was the resident editor of The Statesman in Delhi during the Emergency and was jailed under MISA (Maintenance of Internal Security Act) for opposing it.

 

The first African-American who was granted access to cover the White House, as well as Congress

It was rare to be a woman or African-American covering the White House in the 1940s, and Alice Dunnigan was both. The Kentucky-born journalist was the first African-American woman to be granted access to cover the White House, as well as Congress, the Supreme Court, and the State Department. Yet even at the height of her career in Washington, she had to pawn her watch every Saturday night so that she would have enough money to eat until her paycheck arrived Monday morning. It was a "humiliating practice," she wrote in her 1974 autobiography, "A Black Woman's Experience - From Schoolhouse to White House." "I was never allowed more than five dollars on it, just enough for Sunday dinner," she wrote. After pawning it, Dunnigan headed home to her one-room basement apartment in Washington, District of Columbia's Brookland neighbourhood, where she shovelled coal for the furnace to get a break on rent.

 

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