What Journalists Say about Their Job

(photo by Gustama Pandu)

In World Press Freedom Day 2017, journalists from various countries has shared their favorite moments of their profession.

Frederico Walter – Timor Leste. Photo by Gustama Pandu / VOM

Frederico Walter – Timor Leste

“I’m happy of being a journalist because I can understand about human life and nature. I have so many friends, and also have no barriers to seek information in any issue. But the sad time is I rarely have a quality time with my family. My best moment as a journalist is when I reported the riots in Timor Leste.”




Maria Ressa – Philippines. Photo by Gustama Pandu / VOM

Maria Ressa – Philippines

“Happiest moment, of course any journalist has an exclusive that has impact. Our works can change reality, has impact to the people. Indonesia gave me so many moments. I was here for a decade so I covered everything from 1996, the riots, the financial crisis, the haze, the fall of Suharto in 1998. I think when you part of history, and when you were there, when you reporting it, nothing beats that. Because you can see the impact on people. A sad moment, fake news of course! When people are mislead, and people or other who knows better allow it to happen, or even take part in it. So I think technology has changed the world, technology changed journalism and our big problem is to go to find the truth for a broad spectrum of society.”

Alejandro Gomez Dugand – Colombia. Photo by Gustama Pandu / VOM

Alejandro Gomez Dugand – Colombia

“Me, as a journalist and teacher, seeing young people want to tell true story is quite an amazing thing. I’m from Colombia, South America, and have a lot of sad moments, we have journalist safety issue in Columbia, and it is very hard. Journalist get killed every year. But it’s getting better by the year. About the best thing as a journalist, right now my friend and I are working a story about our government doing a peace treaty with the guerilla. And then finding the human side of the enemy such a life changing experience.”


Sekar Sari Utami – Indonesia. Photo by Gustama Pandu / VOM

Sekar Sari Utami – Indonesia

“I feel happy as a journalist because I meet many people who are knowledgable. I also happy to learn new things, new topics everyday. My most memorable moment as a journalist is when I met the ex president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Diplomatic Forum, in Bali, 2012. The sad things being a journalist is about the working time. When everybody goes for holiday, I have to go to work. Second is, Indonesian journalists are still underpaid. I think the welfare of journalists should be equal with the professional workers.”

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