People are still in disbelief at the execution of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and the dangers that journalists face in conflict zones like the Middle East and Afghanistan, while others are criticising South African journalists who they say are not acting like journalists.
Shireen Abu Akleh
If you are born into a bad world, you are obligated to see a better future for yourself. Authoritarian regimes and organized crime have claimed the lives of some, while others have been persecuted and suspected of being captured solely for their work enlightening the public.
In a series of tweets, Richard Wilkinson accuses South African-born journalist Redi Thlabi, who is now based in another nation, of spending her entire career smearing the reputations of politicians who have worked hard to build their homeland a democratic state and a first-world country.
According to Thlabi, a previous president lied about her at the State Capture Enquiry after her life was threatened and she was threatened with rape and tire.
In South Africa, Thlabi claims that a minister threatened her with legal action and that her coworkers were spreading rumors about her after she called out uncritical journalism, so she fled to a safer country. Redi was responding to Jacob Zuma's testimony at the Zondo Commission, in which he accused her of attempting to smear him and label him a rapist.
Claiming that she had received death threats and that individuals had claimed she deserved to be killed, Thlabi told Eusebius Mckaizer in an interview in July 2019.
What the General Public Thinks
Many journalists, like Helen Zille, have done the same thing, even though Wilkinson didn't specify Redi's name in his tweet, which the public already knew.
The Opinion of the Author
There have been several publications that have taken a stand against racism and xenophobia. A wonderful thing about this is that we're promoting the ideals of neighborliness and generosity. Is that the case? Most publications, on the other hand, fail to take into account the possibility that the impoverished may have reliable information about local patterns of criminal activity.
That journalists need to be reminded of their professional ethics is terrible enough. Some newspapers aren't being utilized to enlighten the public, but rather to resolve political disagreements between factions. Instead of picking and choosing who to disgrace, journalists should go a little deeper and report the facts as they are.
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