It takes a very fearless journalist to get up everyday and say, "You know what, I’m determined to continue my profession, even though I may have to spend the rest of my life looking over my shoulder".
We’re targets now, and I think any journalist who travels in pursuit of his or her profession, in pursuit of the story needs to know that we’re targets now, whether we like it or not.
I think the issue of journalist safety is something that should concern everybody and not just journalists. It should concern everybody who cares about the freedom of speech, cares about the free flow of information.
We are unarmed people and completely innocent targets. And my kidnappers said they were these brave fighters, I thought of them as cowards. And I think anyone who kidnaps a journalist is a coward and a criminal and they are the ones that are responsible for the disaster that often unfolds.
We consider that no one, not even the corrupt government, nor the abusive government, nor the narcotraffickers, nor the kidnapers, nor the criminals have the right to quiet a medium that society is supporting. Liberty, solidarity and the strength that we have found in the society we are immersed in are what have allowed us to come out ahead.
Why can anyone think that our calling as journalists is any less important than the calling of a soldier, I don't believe it is -- I believe our calling is key. I believe that the sooner we understand and manage that, the sooner we will come up with safety policies that are really effective.
Intimidation can take all forms, and it goes the whole scale from the very subtle to the very physical and the very frightening. And all these things have happened, all these things are happening, all these things are very much real for people in the journalistic community.
To defend the freedom of press is defending you. It is not defending us. You're watching it, you are also responsible for it.