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As a journalist: HAS OUR OBLIGATION TO SOCIETY CHANGED?

Journalism’s reliability is compromised by the actions of a few. Today, journalism is not about writing the truth through an objective eye. Journalism today is more about giving the public a story, by any means necessary, regardless of the pressure that is directed to a particular group of people, a specific individual, a business or a country. And we cry freedom of speech when we are found guilty of intruding into people's life, destroying and distorting the truth to fit our own criteria of the truth.
Yes, we deserve freedom of speech and we deserve the ability to tell the story, the true story under ethical standards. The standards dictated not only by our conscious but our ethical professionalism. What is the function of journalism in society? As technology moves forward we can catch a glimpse of the constant transformation in the media as a whole. Traditional newspapers, magazines, and news broadcasting is becoming a thing of the past. The Internet has taken public media hostage; everything is printable, everything is news, and we seem to forget that our statements will follow us. We are allowing all forms of news to reach the viewers, listeners and readers, yet without confirmation of the veracity of the information distributed. Journalists are responsible for conveying the truth, and yet we have to watch how technology alters the truth. Technology has made journalism an inconsistent and unreliable source in the 21st century. The Society of Professional Journalists states, “The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s credibility. Members of The Society share a dedication to ethical behavior and adopt this code to declare The Society’s principles and standards of practice.” Can we honestly say we observe these qualities or individual characteristics that a journalist should observe? Do we deserve freedom of speech?
How far do we go to get the story? Can we assume that the veracity of a story or the idea of the truth will not sell unless we add or subtract information?
Freedom of speech is not a free pass, remember Larry Flynt?

Khadijah bint Costello

I believe in Press Freedom

I believe in Press Freedom when reportage is based on actual facts and objectivity; and devoid of undue sensationalism and wilful falsehood. The Freedom granted the Press within a given society is a reflection of the openness of its system. Where there is suppression of truth and a culture of impunity freedom cannot be granted to the Press, because many wrong doings of government would best be shrouded in secrecy. It is easier to govern enlightened people but true enlightenment comes through good information and communication. Because we are in a world of polarity, so there is also bad information and communication. Good information can as well be wrongly communicated or distorted through the bias of the informant or media. Where the later becomes common the need for restriction becomes inevitable. I believe that the way a piece of information is passed can draw more attention than the actual substance or issue contained. Thank you.

pillar of democracy

Press freedom is the pillar of democracy. Thats why it is believed that press freedom and democracy are indispansable factor. If the society does not have press freedom the society is an autocratic.The voice of marginalised will be suppressed ,development procedures will be blocked and elites rules forever and ever.So press freedom is the most neccessary factor for the development of the society, pathfinder of social inclusion, human right defender and the strong bridge between people and the authority.Truth speaking without fear ,opinion building against bad governance is possible in a democratic society where press is free not only constitutionally but also practically. Kindly Shaligram Subedi ,Nepal

Press Freedom

I want to say Press is medium of connecting people from truth .in press we have power to spread our thought,ideas,.we are connected to the society we can change people thought .we can compaign on development issue .if the press is binded then it will be black day for press because everyone can threatned .everbdy can pressuraise .

The courage, the risk and the willingness

Money has been always strongly related with power and freedom. Another fact we are most certain about is that there must be freedom in press. In countries where money has the supreme power and corruption is almost on every corner, press freedom is barely breathing. But what does press freedom mean to me? It is the courage to express your thoughts even though the political situation in the country. It is the risk a journalist takes when making an investigative report.
It is the willingness to change the society by the work he or she does. Although freedom is an abstract concept, it has a material profile. Because when it comes to quality journalism, everybody look first for freedom of speech. One of the most important factor of democracy.

Press freedom goes to the basket full of priceless treasures. Only if the journalism is in a stable phase.

by Lyubomira Petrova, journalism student, Bulgaria

What needs of the Iraqi Media UNESCO

What needs of the Iraqi Media UNESCO Will change its policy in Iraq by changing Alumblyn You could refer the killers of journalists to justice Do not activate the rights of journalists Is it possible to grant a passport Dpenmasa Is Iraq journalist receives a piece of land in Baghdad for those who did not receive Where the role of the International Federation of Journalists Arabedttornet

الاسم الكامل: Qasim Khashan Abdolreza اسم العائلة: ALrekaba الاسم الأول: Qasim اللقب المهني: Chairman of the Council of the General Secretariat of the Arab edttor net الشركة: United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)

عنوان العمل: 405 Lexingt

Lack of representation elections for the International Federatio

Iraq's elections for not being the headquarters of the International Journalists Union Representation This Shi Seyi No prejudice for Civil Rights Appeal to the International Federation of Journalists to hold arrangements through dialogue with journalists through Natmr outside the Journalists' Syndicate and the existence of a real management is the inclusion of all activities and the development of the media, which is reflected in the evolution of the work of the UNESCO office in Iraq

الاسم الكامل: Qasim Khashan Abdolreza اسم العائلة: ALrekaba الاسم الأول: Qasim اللقب المهني: Chairman of the Council of the General Secretariat of the Arab edttor net الشركة: United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)

عنوان العمل: 405 Lexingt

Press Freedom is Freedom to Express

Press freedom is a freedom to express what one witnesses for the right of the public to know. It must be truthful reporting of events without tint of falsity. News must be written as factual as it is without side comments.

Press freedom for opinion writer is based on the writer's own observation and belief on the events that is highly bias. One's opinion is from the writer's perception, but it must be guided, too, by the truth.

Truth is the best defense for libel.

Without press freedom the public will know nothing of the events around the locality. Now with the internet and satellite cable television, world events are accessible in any given moment.

So, cherish the Freedom of the Press.

Press Freedom is but creative freedom for the press

Freedom does not mean by all means that dead thrown stick up into the air! Freedom is linked with man's right in expressing oneself. To express ourselves the way it should be we need to be on our words. We as well need to have a witty mind and all our worthy observent looks in all around while we are marching our way forward. So conveying a news is a big responsibility. It does not mean to exaggerate things related to the news. People in charge should be careful when press touches are blinking down there. Finally , press freedom is to convey a news as they are. A free journalist is to build truth wherever it appears or lies. Kind regards Sabah M. Jasim Babel , IRAQ

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