Thursday, November 26, 2015

Journalist or citizen?

Suhasini Haida,

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[T]he government has to revise its public diplomacy manual, designating specific officers as spokespersons rather than giving out multiple, sometimes conflicting, accounts of operations. ... The answer is not to point fingers but to work on a more cohesive method for the state and the media to do their jobs while respecting the other’s role. While a hyper-nationalistic narrative helps a government stave off criticism of its actions, dubbing the press as ‘anti-national’ for coverage of a story is hardly productive. The simple answer to the question about the conflict between the duty of a journalist and the duty of the citizen is ‘no’: journalists’ jobs are a part of their role as citizens.

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