After Sherine, what are the journalists hiding?

The news descends like lightning on the heads of journalists. Some of them did not start their day after a long night of invasions by the occupation army, some of them are on their way to work and others are waking up from their sleeping after the ringing of a phone. Any news and any event that shakes the entity of every journalist like that is not an ordinary event. We experienced denial for a while, but the truth is once and the tragedy actually happened.

The journalist in such incidents does not know what to do exactly. Things go without a plan, the journalists get together and start a lost journey, entitled How do we handle the incident? Journalists exchange condolences, but who will comfort whom? The injured is one .. and the journey of cover begins. Everyone is looking for everyone to interview everyone. Everyone carries the same worries, pains and pains. You are amazed that you are interviewing a colleague who has just completed an interview with you to talk about the situation and the pain and suffering that the bodies are going through.

Things get more complicated .. the cast tries to evade crime and the newspapers and roles are mixed here, so the journalist has to contribute to the preliminary investigation to understand the story in depth, to refute the cast’s narrative, the banner of the case, covers for his resources and his organization what happens on the ground, and contributes to the arranging of ceremonies and events, communication with institutions and the exchange of condolences with colleagues And the parents.

Things go with all their complexity and pain, and the journalist insists on maintaining his balance, hiding his feelings to follow up on the matter, but his tears sometimes expose him and his voice reveals his sadness and pain, and perhaps can collapse bodies in front of such a tragedy.

The day ends and things go on with a sense of solidarity that journalists do not find, except in such cases as they are used to. Every period they lose a journalist, another is injured, a third is arrested, an institution is closed. or another is attacked.

Journalists keep their feelings to themselves so that they are not exposed in front of their children and their families. They know very well that they can be attacked in every confrontation as they do not cover fashion shows or summit. Dare to take a risk just by being in the place of confrontation, so how if you are a target and how if the occupation soldiers look at you as an enemy so that the family is not worried and the mother and wife are not in pain wait express, safe and sound. It may or may not be the same again.

Journalists will not tell you, nor will the whispers they whisper to each other, and each of us prefers to keep dozens of questions and fears to himself, along with hundreds of stories of pain he experiences in Palestine along with the families of those who lost their children’s families, injuries and testimony, and those who lost their homes and all the owners of issues.

In an unintentional whisper and in a low voice, someone asks: Who is next? Everyone hears this whisper and rings in the depths of their consciousness, but everyone ignores the loud answer to the question, but his own mind answers, “It could be me.”

Dare to take a risk just by being in the place of confrontation, so how if you are a target and how if the occupation soldiers look at you as an enemy so that the family is not worried and the mother and wife are not in pain wait express, safe and sound. It may or may not be the same again.

In fact, journalists feel that the role of everyone does not matter who you are and who you work with, but the assault and suffering inevitably hits everyone, sometimes it rises to the level of murder and sometimes diminishes by targeting by beating or covering and to prevent filming.

Journalists keep this question burning in their hearts another question: Should I stay in the profession and in the field or retire to another job? The question remains unanswered in light of the addiction of the press and the field to some, and under the weight of the lack of alternative opportunities, the journalist has no choice but to keep covering.

Yes, the journalists continue to cover up, and they know very well that their message in covering the news of Palestine and revealing the truth of what is happening violations and attacks is a message that is not changed by a message no, but concerns about injuries, beatings, and arrests remain present in the minds of the people of the field, absent only from the hour of confrontation and work to attend at all times outside the coverage.

And amidst a pile of unanswered questions, another question lies ahead for the journalist: If Sherine, compared to many colleagues in the field, enjoys protection at Al-Jazeera, with which her job, nationality, training and personal protection tools, the occupation killed her, so what is the fate of dozens of journalists who sometimes do not even have It The jackets are bulletproof, and the occupation, not even the Palestinian parties, do not recognize them as journalists. What is the fate of these people?

These and dozens of other questions explode the journalist, and he faces their terrifying answers at night in his nightmares, or in obsessions that keep popping up in him. In the most closed room with colleagues and good friends, and that was hidden from the truth so as not to face it.

As soon as the voice of the occupation’s guns, planes and mechanisms rises for a new purpose, the journalist hurries to cover, the issue may be less attached to him, but the sound of the guns hides the whispering of questions and these questions and worries return and mix with the heaps of views and images the field journalist experiences every day.

Journalists are like doctors who treat everyone but fail to treat themselves. They talk about everyone’s pain and the stories of the oppressed and are creative in portraying the suffering, yet they hide their pain and their stories.

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