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Thursday, 21 July 2011

Poor Journalism (The Post)

"You can be a scribbler or a writer or a hack. But without an adherence to democracy and human rights, you cannot be a journalist. Writers who do not accept the principles of democracy and human rights are not deserving of the name journalists but rather are paid hacks or propagandists..."
From a Post editorial on "editorial independence". We recently made the exact point here. Good to see this point being acknowledged by the established guardians of Zambian journalism. Clear water needs to be established between true journalism and charlatans working at Daily Mail and Times of Zambia. What we have now in Zambia is a journalism market for lemons. The quality of real journalists is being eroded by corrupt cadres masquerading as journalists. Many people are increasingly finding it difficult to distinguish a good journalist from a poor one.  Although false journalism demeans all Zambians, it is up to true journalists to stand up and be counted. It is your profession.

1 comment:

  1. I hardly think the Post is an established guardian of Zambian journalism. It shares the same level of bias that the Daily Mail and Times, just on the opposite side.

    Criticism is one thing, being anti-establishment to the point of obsession is another. The Post is very squarely in that territory.

    Free press does not exist in Zambia. Unbiased press does not exist in Zambia. Everyone has a very extreme agenda, and there is no middle ground.



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