A foot for thought

Journalists should act professionally

Anna Nimiriano Editor in Chief Juba Monitor

This topic is a follow-up of what is going on on social media that Juba Monitor is closed down by the order from the court. I went through the information from some writers; there was misinformation on this issue. If you are a professional journalist, make your comments in a professional manner. Don’t exaggerate information which can mislead the public. Professionalism is to be applied by any writer and in a situation like this, balance your story by using the right sources than creating a story that may put you in problems.

Professional journalists should write information accurately and be sure of what he or she is writing. Those who called me to balance the story, I thank them for their concerns about the paper. It is not a matter of fight but serving the public interest on our work as journalists. If we have attitudes of competition in our work like you want to fight this media house so that it collapses, it cannot help us. Media houses in South Sudan are few, instead, let us advocate to have more media houses coming up than working for the failure of existing media houses. In other countries, you cannot see which media is leading in the country, because there are many of them. A country like China has hundred of media houses, are you going to compete for all those media houses or do you fight for quality information? We need to understand our work and learn how to act in such situations. I wish you got me right for the reason that what we are doing is documentation. If we do it right, it means we have documented the right information for the country. We need to observe that important point of giving the right information to the public. I would like to take this opportunity to say happy Easter to you and wish you all the best in the Easter holidays.

May God bless us all.

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