In the West, where modern journalism developed, we used to have writers like Saleem Shahzad . . .didn't we? Writers completely committed to doing their job, which was foremost the exposure of the shenanigans and goings-on in and between government, the financial cabals embezzling our countries, and their military/police mafias. Of course, we also used to have publishers who were committed to being that press explicitly identified in the First Amendment, correct? Or, maybe we never had them at all, only a mythology. Today we surely have neither, only talking heads, embedded flacks, and publishers wholly owned or cowed by the globalist financial interests.
It's no accident Shahzad had to be found on the internet - see above - and let us see how long that openness continues to last. The qualities that confined him thereto, like stones, for example, are what makes writers like him so important as points of illumination and inspiration. To my knowledge he never made it full-time into any of the so-called major media outlets. Until today, that is, where his murder is just another bat to beat on Pakistan.
Farewell, Saleem, God give you peace. I can't comment on you as a man, because I only knew you through your writing, but I will miss it, your irony, your wit, but most of all, your insights. Speaking only to your career, you set the bar high, and your biggest irony, your final irony, was it was set in the most dangerous place on earth for your profession. Who will step up to take your place? And where?
James ben Goy