As I was going through the latest world happenings this morning, I came across some disturbing news regarding journalists. We all cannot agree more that journalists can sometimes get on our nerves but how on earth does it make sense to kill these reporters who are simply doing their jobs?
The recent victims of honestly doing their jobs were Bulgarian journalist Victoria Marinova and a prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
30-year-old Marinova’s battered semi-nude body was found in a park in the Danube town of Ruse on Saturday. She had reported an investigation into purported bribery regarding European Union (EU) funds. As per the Federation of European Journalists, Marinova was knocked with such force that she was unrecognizable
Marinova’s colleagues claimed Viktoria’s death as an execution that meant something like a warning. However, the Bulgarian officials have something otherwise to say. Interior Minister Mladen Marinov denied the claims that suggested this murder was related to Marinova’s work. He suggested it has more to do with rape and murder.
Marinova’s death follows the alleged extermination of a Washington Post journalist in the Saudi consulate in Turkey.
Jamal Khashoggi, 59, a Washington Post contributor and a Saudi journalist has been missing since last week after he entered Saudi consulate in Istanbul. As per some media reports, Khashoggi has been slayed inside the Saudi consulate. However, the Saudi government maintains that Khashoggi did leave the consulate premises.
Once an adviser to the royal family of Saudi Arabia, Khashoggi sharply fell out of favor with the Saudi government and went into voluntary exile last year.
These gory incidents have sent chills down the spine of every, activist, columnist, dissident, or any person related to journalism. I personally haven’t met Khashoggi or Marinova but having studied their columns and watching their shows I realized that all that they did was ask us to pause and take a look what we have done or what we are doing.
These incidents further mark the crumbling global order. Undoubtedly Jamal’s fate will have consequences ahead of the investigation. Dissenting Turks considered Europe as their sanctuary whereas Russians chose France or Estonia to produce a website from and many Syrians prefer Istanbul as their base. However, Khashoggi instance established a new level of dictatorial outreach that defies all the basic grounds of international law and order.
This is not the first instance where journalists have been subjected to such brutal deaths. There have been many instances since 2017 in Member State of the European Union stated Gutiérrez. What I understand from these incidents is the sponsors of these killers and killer themselves clearly aim to browbeat the entire profession.
In August 2017, a Swedish journalist, Kim Wall was beheaded as she was conducting an interview on a submarine owned by Peter Madsen. Peter was later convicted of the crime. Shortly following this incident, Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered by a car bomb.
The year of 2018 witnessed the assassination of Slovakian journalist and his fiancée. Jan Kuciak and his were gunshot dead within the secure walls of what they called as their home. At the time Kuciak had been investigating asserted political corruption.
Reportedly, the media freedom rep of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have called in for a thorough and full investigation into Marinova’s homicide.
I guess it’s time to provide Z-security to these reporters instead