When is an Afghan a “Journalist”?

I have a lot of respect for reporters who go out there at great risk to get the stories (even if I don’t always agree with what they write). I also have a lot of respect for Afghans who help these reporters.

Regarding this piece on the Globe & Mail winning an Emmy for a series of interviews with Taliban fighters,the boss was gracious enough to thank those taking the risks when accepting the award:

“This particular honour is a tribute to an extraordinary team of journalists – anchored of course by our outstanding foreign correspondent Graeme Smith, but not without the essential work of the brave Afghan journalists who carried out the interviews,” he said.

Still, some interesting wordcraft in the piece.

In the article, we have an Afghan helping a Western reporter gather his stories being called first a “researcher”, then a “journalist”.

In a similar situation here, we have an Afghan helping a Western reporter gather his stories being called a “journalist”.

So, when’s an Afghan helping a Western reporter a “researcher” and when is s/he a “journalist”?

As for talking to the bad guys, all I’ll say is that I’m sure the good guys have been happy to go through and pick up any interesting tidbits to help in the fight.

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