Being a photojournalist takes an incredible amount of courage, especially when the photographer is risking his or her life to capture an image in a hazardous location. One of the well-known stories about the dangers of photojournalism is the story about a war-film director and a second prize-winning photojournalist who were killed during the time they were covering a battle between the Libyan government and rebels, along with two other photographers heavily wounded. Neither of the two men who were killed had protective gear with them, ultimately causing their death by lack of protection. According to an article on NBC News, “British-born Tim Hetherington, co-director of the 2010 documentary “Restrepo” about U.S. soldiers on an outpost in Afghanistan, was killed,” stated by his publicist. Tim traveled to Libya to pursue his ongoing project involving multiple media sources to emphasize the humanitarian issues during the time of this war between rebels and the Libyan government. The other victim, Chris Hondros, was a New York-based photographer who died a few days after the incident due to head wounds. Both of these men will be remembered for their dedication to journalism and their love for photographing events that very few people have the courage to attempt. To receive more information about this incident, you can view the article here.
In regards to this, the most dangerous locations for photojournalists range from various places around the world. The top three most dangerous locations for photojournalists to visit are Iraq, Somalia, and the Philippines. Iraq has been listed as the top most threatening location to travel to in regards for photojournalists because of its ongoing violence for the past few years. One journalist stated, “I was in a U.S. military vehicle that was hit by a 200 pound suicide car bomb.” However, U.S. journalists aren’t the only ones at risk, Iraqi journalists are at risk as well if not more; they are at risk from being punished by Al-Quaeda if they publish anything negative. The second most dangerous location is Somalia for similar reasons, but one of the biggest risks of going out to the unsafe locations is the possibility of being kidnapped. There have been various cases where journalists have been kidnapped while searching for information in different regions of Somalia. The third most dangerous location is the Philipines because according to Jacob Maentz, “It’s clear that most of the journalist murders in the Philippines since 1992 were politically motivated in some regard.” However, although these dangers can be harmful, Maentz believes that journalists should not be hesitant of covering important stories that need to be heard, which is true journalism.