The Islamic State and Photography

Blijkbaar hebben ze daar niet enkel goed materiaal dat kogels afschiet …

“As The Islamic State attempts to recruit new members, their use of photography and imagery has arguably become more advanced than any other terrorist group in history. The group’s most deliberate imagery, made with high-quality cameras and using editing techniques similar to major Western media outlets, has come under scrutiny by news agencies as well as the intelligence community for its ability to capture both jarring battle footage and the group’s quotidian activities.”

via The Islamic State and Photography Aperture NY – Aperture Foundation NY.

Covering the “Islamic State”

“Our challenge is to strike a balance between our duty to inform the public, the need to keep our reporters safe, our concern for the dignity of victims being paraded by extremists, and the need to avoid being used as a vehicle for hateful, ultraviolent propaganda.”

Dat versta ik natuurlijk.

Wat ik minder goed versta is onderstaande tekst.

“That is also why we no longer accept work from freelance journalists who travel to places where we ourselves would not venture. It is a strong decision, and one that may not have been made clear enough, so I will repeat it here: if someone travels to Syria and offers us images or information when they return, we will not use it. Freelancers have paid a high price in the Syrian conflict. High enough. We will not encourage people to take that kind of risk.”

Het ergste dat er bestaat in de journalistiek is censuur. Het tweede ergste is waarschijnlijk een land zonder journalisten/fotografen. Dan kan een overheid of heerser doen en laten wat zij/hij wilt zonder dat er een haan naar kraait. Hopelijk gaat de bevolking massaal filmpjes maken en op de sociale media plaatsen. Het zal dan aan ons zijn om het kaf van het koren te scheiden. Iedereen een beetje “journalist” … die bronnen checkt en “waarheden” dubbelcheckt.

via Covering the “Islamic State” – Correspondent.