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Iran marks day of journalists

From the deadliest incidents on earth to some of the major political developments, journalists have to be there to inform the world about what’s happening around them; even if it’s not so easy to make it through. And sometimes, they risk their lives.

Hussein Amhaz, a Lebanese journalist in Tehran, says journalism is among the hardest jobs, since journalists should speak the truth, however bitter it is, without sugarcoating it. A case in point, he says, is the recent tragic explosion in Lebanon, which killed dozens and injured thousands more.

To hunt for the news, journalists brave challenges as deadly as the coronavirus. Since day one, and despite warnings from health officials to stay home and telework, journalists have had their busiest schedule.

This is what the Iranian Health Minister also acknowledged when he thanked healthcare workers and reporters who cover the coronavirus news.

On the Iranian calendar, there’s a red letter day dedicated to journalists. The day commemorates the Taliban’s attack on Iran’s consulate in the Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif in 1998. The militants abducted 10 Iranian diplomats and a reporter, all of whom were killed.

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