Freelancer James Palmer coversÂ the Iraqi journalistsÂ who defied al Qaeda
WithÂ humility I pass on this lovely yarnÂ that appeared inÂ my own paper, the story of the 55 Iraqi journalists ofÂ Radio Dilja, an indepedent station formerly of Baghdad, who fought off al Qaeda attackers and then, after the thugs returned and burned their station to the ground, trekked 225 miles north to relocate in Sulaymaniya, a peaceful city in Kurdish country.
The story is theÂ work of James Palmer,Â who writes that:
“According to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 97 Iraqi journalists have been killed in the past 55 months.” IÂ feel really cheesy nowÂ andÂ will have to share thisÂ mea culpa with the poorÂ editor who endured my complaint.”
Â Palmer’sÂ tale of courage in the pursuit of our craftÂ serves asÂ a gentle remonstrance for those of us inÂ bitch and moan brigade, in whichÂ I hold the rank of commander.Â IndeedÂ my most recentÂ kvetch may still reverberate throughÂ myÂ newsroom –Â something to the effect of how am I supposed to analyze aÂ new device when theÂ manufacturer has been slow toÂ returnÂ my calls.Â The poor editor who had to endure that complaint told me it was weak. I shall have to email him today with my belated thanksgiving that that is the worst I have to bark about.