While there has been plenty of news to cover globally, the bad news is that many journalists are having a bad time of it. Injustices and abuses abound.
All over the world, there have been incidents of journalists being muzzled, harassed, imprisoned, wounded and killed. And all they try to do is a good job, reporting what happens in conditions that can be overwhelmingly challenging.
Of course, there are elements across the globe who would rather keep the situation in their countries shrouded in darkness, their corruption kept secret, their trampling of human rights ignored.
“Blame the messenger” seems to prevail.
Currently, the situation in Egypt is particularly gruesome, with Al Jazeera staff jailed on absurd accusations that they promoted a terrorist organization. Yet they were just doing their job, and the government’s claims are unequivocally insupportable.
That is why I turned up today at a modest event at Cambodia’s Independence Monument in Phnom Penh sponsored by the Overseas Press Club.
The idea was to demonstrate, if only in a small way, that journalism is not a crime and to show support for the imprisoned victims.
You, too, can show your support here if desired.
It turns out that I was able to meet some reporters whose bylines in the Phnom Penh Post and Cambodia Daily already were familiar to me.
Nice folks, committed and professional in their work.