Associated Press what is wrong with you?


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(by pio dal cin) In the Eighties when I was an “assault” photojournalistgoing from war to war dodging bullets and avoiding landmines to establish myself in the media world as a freelance, I was elated when the +The Associated Press  offered me to “string” for them in the North Eastern part of Italy.

They would call me at anytime of the day sending me on a particular assignment. I was working exclusively with film and I would develop my own in my small but efficient dark room. The photos were sent via a slow modem. It took about twenty minutes to send a picture into the mainRome office.

I was happy. I felt to be a part of a great photo agency and it was very rewarding for me.

Many years have gone by and the era of digital has hit the photojournalism like a tornado. Suddenly everyone could be a reporter, given a camera (or a smartphone) and being at the right place at the right time it’s all that takes, no previous photojournalistic background required.

With this situation I would have expected that great agencies like +The Associated Press , +Reuters   would clean up their guns and get one step ahead right? Wrong.

On the Boston Marathon‘s bombing that I have followed step by step on myTwitter account I realized that most of the news were updated immediately by citizen’s journalism effort, faster that any other newspaper or news agency (with the sole exception of the Boston Globe who was right on top of the news).

Tonight I red about a Guardian’s Article about a tweet from AP that managed to send the Dow plunging.

What is wrong with you +The Associated Press ? Have you so radically changed that the news are given out without first making sure of the source? (rule number one for great journalism). You need a remodeling job probably. You should be one step ahead, not one step behind citizens trying to cover a news.

If you are short on staff I am available. 

“No More Hurting People” Martin the boy killed in Boston wrote


This is a sad story about a young kid who went to see his dad run the Boston Marathon and was at the wrong place at the wrong time. A couple of years ago he was photographed holding a sign that says “NO MORE HURTING PEOPLE. PEACE” as you can see  by clicking on the link above.


What a terrible loss. How many children do we have to lose to insanity and  hatred?  Is this the Country that our forefathers fought so hard for? Is this the Freedom that we have conquered fighting wars and terror both abroad and at home? The time for a change  has come. Enough of the killing of children, teachers, dads moms,brothers and sisters. Why do we have to pursue hatred instead of Love ? What if that child was our own? What if that child was of the evil person who placed the bombs?

Every child that dies on Earth from Newtown to Aurora, from Damascus to Rome leave us human beings impoverished . We must change the killing and the hatred into Love and Compassion. We are all tired of the breaking news bringing us images of death and dispair.

Sting wrote in one of his songs “I hope the Russians love their children too” Don’t we all? From the North to the South Pole of this battered Planet, where we are “implanted” to live for a short span of time ? We are all going to die one day, so why do we keep on killing each other? What is wrong with us?

One last thought for the evil people who carried out this last massacre. Look into Martin’s eyes while is holding his sign “NO MORE HURTING PEOPLE” and think at what you did to that family tthat was spending a holiday together. Look at what you did to a City, Boston and its people. Look what you did to a Country, and then look at yourself in the mirror.

One day you will face death too. It may come fast, or slow, who knows. On that day you will think at what you did yesterday and your tears will not grant you a second more on this Planet. Then you will close your eyes and you will be among those considered the scum of humanity.






Boston Explosion Video

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