It has been 14 months since my colleague at The Washington Post Salih Saif Aldin was shot and killed. Time flew by fast and the path for journalists in
Six years have passed
Yesterday morning, I had a printed copy of the report sitting on my desk. A colleague of mine passed by to ask me about something related to work until her question was interrupted by the bolded headline.
"It has been six years," she said in surprise, her eyes wide. "It's very sad."
After she left, memories rushed into my mind, freezing whatever work I was conducting. My face was staring at the computer monitor but my mind was thousands of miles away. It went way too far abroad, to the land where everything around meant fear.
I recalled the days when
I worked as a reporter for The Washington
When I left
Since the press found freedom after the invasion, Iraqi journalists who work for Western or local media outlets have proven their bravery in all ways. Despite the absence of protection and safety, they have insisted on carrying on with their jobs. They have taken full advantage of the small amounts of freedom they wanted to enjoy. However, evil had its part in taking advantage of that freedom by trying to silence their voice. But Iraqi journalists are not fearful--as they never were. They will go on and take part in rebuilding their country with their pens and notebooks. Their words and dedication are like a brick over a brick, building a fence that evil will not succeed in crossing.
Bassam Sebti was a Washington Post special correspondent
from 2003-2006. He is now working for the Washington-based