Reporters Without Borders has released a wonderful video that demonstrates the importance of having impartial and unbiased coverage of war and conflicts. In the video they juxtapose images and video footage which popular media presents, with that of independent photojournalists, for a stark contrast that effectively displays the different messages both are trying to get across.
Photojournalism is a dying breed with the number of conflict photographers down 40 percent over the last 15 years. It is a profession that often does not get the praise it deserves nor the attention. As the video from Reporters Without Borders puts it, “Without independent reporters, war would just be a nice show; Support those that risk their lives to bring us the truth.”
If all we see is the pride and pageantry of war we will never know of its true horrors. Photojournalists risk their lives so that we have a clear understanding of what is happening on the ground in these places of conflict.