As many people fled from areas devastated by violence, journalists headed into the flames. Sure, it’s their (our) job and, sure, we’re biased but take it from us: it’s not easy to work in the heart of any protest let alone full-blown riots. However, that’s what our colleagues in the industry have done – they put themselves at risk to bring the story into our homes. That came at a high cost: SABC reporters came upon dead bodies while reporting; others had to flee dangerous situations. We were saddened to hear that at least four community radio stations were badly damaged during the unrest.
All this is a reminder, if you needed it, that a free press matters. Having journalists on the ground, digging deep to find out what’s behind the current situation, benefits us all. We here at explain.co.za are sending thanks and strength to our comrades in the field. Stay safe, everyone.