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“Somalia is the only place in the world where I wouldn’t go out without a gun,” said photojournalist Christopher Morris in a recent interview. That statement marks a definitive break in contemporary journalism: although there are people in South-Central L.A. who wouldn’t go out without a gun, and people in Bosnia who wouldn’t go out without a gun, there aren’t supposed to be journalists anywhere who go out with guns. Journalists are supposed to be neutral noncombatants—carrying a gun would connote a belligerence that they’re supposed to be recording rather than perpetrating. Falling into the hands of one side or the other in a conflict could present a real threat to the life of a journalist who is armed, as he or she could easily be accused of favoring “the other side.” That journalists can’t go out in Somalia without a gun—or in Bosnia without an armored vehicle—reaffirms the current

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