Tuesday, August 16News For London

War zones are “99 per cent boredom. One per cent sheer fear,” says BBC journalist.

Former BBC journalist Brian Rose talks about the difference between freedom of expression and violation of expression in light of recent terrorist attacks. Reporter: Sonal Gupta Sub-editor: Li Ying.

The attack by two gunmen on on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo killed 12 staff members. The attack was made in retaliation for satirical images of the Prophet Mohammed. The incident provoked debate about the levels of freedom of expression.

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Brian Rose says  journalism should be practised with a certain amount of responsibility and common sense.

Is Journalism an exciting profession for young people?

Rose warns that young people who view journalism as being ‘exciting’ run the risk of compromising their own safety and security. He stresses the fact that journalism is not a glamorous profession.

Television journalism is hardly glamour. Think standing in the freezing rain in College Green [opposite the Houses of Parliament] for hours waiting for a minister to give you a startling world-shaking quote; only to have him give you an five second totally mild and useless sound bite. That’s the glamour of television!”

Rose adds: “Occasionally, just occasionally, you will file a significant and interesting, perhaps an important story.  Then it may be worthwhile.”

Even for those who are working journalists in a war zone, he says: “It is 99 per cent boredom and one per cent sheer fear,” he adds.

Rose also talks about the need of tempering freedom of expression.

Listen to Brian Rose explain what can and cannot be accepted as an ethical journalistic practice: