Friday, 3 June 2011

Courage, Martyrdom and Media

The recent death of Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad, in the heart of Islamabad is a living example of courage and values. He knew he was treading dangerous path when accusing the very system that was providing protection to the country of working hand in glove with the world's most dreaded terror outfits. In spite of repeated threats he continued what he thought was his primary responsibility as a journalist... and he paid the price!

I can imagine his tension as he went about doing his 'job' - to be unsure of who, when and what would endanger his life or all that he holds dear in life. But the courage of this man - and that of so many who risk all that they have, to ensure that truth and justice are not compromised - is to be appreciated and emulated.

He was in a position where he could voice his convictions, with details and statistics, to an international audience. And he did not hesitate to speak it out boldly from within. I wonder if this would befall one is such limelight, what would be the fate of those who are hardly known outside their neighbourhood but those willing to stick out their neck for a noble cause. Such people are the real martyrs.

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