How did this happen?

With the growing world concern regarding the Islamic State, the question has been raised about how this group achieved enough power and assets without being noticed, enabling them to morph into the threat they have become today.

The same thing was said in past uprisings from terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and others.

As the world scrambles to figure this out, it boggles our mind why the question exists. When you limit journalism, take freedom of the press out of vast areas, and stifle the news to only what the state approves, this is what happens.

We’ve written before about the challenges and dangers that journalists face. We have heard of the confirmation of two American journalists being beheaded by the Islamic State, We have witnessed Egypt imprison Al Jazeera staff. The world over, journalists are threatened by criminals, governments and terrorists.

Yet these people dedicate their lives to getting the news out. Trying to tell the world what is happening when those around you would rather see you dead is a bit challenging.

Occupy World Writes is grateful to all journalists who get their story out. We call on Egypt and all other governments currently imprisoning journalists to release them immediately. We support those who assist these people in their efforts and recognize journalists as true heroes.

Journalism is not a crime.

Journalist James Foley was beheaded by Islamic State on August 20, 2014. Photo via FaceBook.

Journalist James Foley was beheaded by Islamic State on August 20, 2014. Photo via FaceBook.

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