PROPUBLICA

FEMALE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS' CODE OF SILENCE FINALLY BROKEN
FEB. 19, 2011 | Kim Barker reporting in Afghanistan. Photographer, Kuni Takahashi

THOUSANDS OF MEN BLOCKED THE ROAD, surrounding the S.U.V. of the chief justice of Pakistan, a national hero for standing up to military rule. As a correspondent for The Chicago Tribune, I knew I couldn’t just watch from behind a car window. I had to get out there.

So, wearing a black headscarf and a loose, long-sleeved red tunic over jeans, I waded through the crowd and started taking notes: on the men throwing rose petals, on the men shouting that they would die for the chief justice, on the men sacrificing a goat. read more