Journalism ethics and artists -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Journalism ethics and artists

I read Salman Siddiqui’s piece titled “The last refuge of a scoundrel” in your edition of June 10. It was sad what Mr Siddiqui said about ethics in the field of journalism today, and one couldn’t agree more with him.

There is so much ‘white noiseÂ’ in our media today that many people I know have stopped watching television altogether. The article seemed interesting till I came upon this line: “My argument is that a journalist should refrain from cajoling or hosting the events of people in power. An artist, whose job is to entertain everybody and anybody under the sun, may do that.”

Hold on Mr Siddiqui, let me get this right, since what you have written directly affects me. May I ask the reason for writing: “An artist, whose job is to entertain everybody and anybody under the sun, may do that…”?

What part of Mr Siddiqui’s story should I believe in? When he, in one sweeping statement, has brought all us artists down to the level of ‘dancing monkeys’?

This is precisely why we need more ethics in journalism.

Tina Sani (An artist)
Source: The Express Tribune
Date:6/14/2011