i think the newspaper is making a morally correct decision -- they have their own staff, as they say, and their staff reporters and photographers are paid to go there.
The problem is that there are too many would-be David Douglas Duncans out there hoping to become a great photojournalist, and wars have become something of a magnet for them. I remember in Sarajevo the residents came to hate the media who seemed to see their suffering and dying as some sort of show for the rest of the world. The photographers would stake out a spot where they knew snipers were shooting and wait for someone to get it.
and the paper isn't saying don't go -- it's just saying if you do, we're not buying.
Would you say this about Steve McCurry?
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