Call for laws to protect journalists
HYDERABAD: Professional training and legal protection are basic requirements for the employees of print and electronics media, said US scholars.
Delivering lectures at a workshop on “Journalism ethics and basic universal principles of journalism” at the Department of Mass Communication, University of Sindh on Thursday, Sherry Riccardi, Professor of Journalism, and Frank Follwells, a photo-journalist said that the job of a journalist is to highlight sufferings of society, identify problems and report them honestly and boldly.
They said that the journalists of today were delivering well and lauded the increasing numbers of female graduates joining the profession especially in the US, China and other countries.
They said that there wasn’t a concept of negative or positive news as every news impacts the society.
Institutions and organizations in many countries are advocating rights of journalists but there was a need of legislation for the protection of journalists in their professional duty.
Though the world is now a global village but many countries were still keeping tabs on this profession, they said while contending for freedom of press because it was needed more than ever.
They satisfied the students by responding positively to their queries.
They also lectured at a training workshop on “Investigative journalism and media ethics organised by ‘We Journalists’, a group formerly formed on Facebook.