Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Reporters, Editors wrong on Dr. Nyanzi story

The electronic media was yesterday awash with the story of Dr. Stella Nyanzi’s indecent protest against Prof. Mahmood Mamdani at the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR). No need for me to delve into details here because the story is all over the place. I think the editors who allowed this story through disregarded ethics. The journalists who cut and posted indecent clips of Stella on social media disregarded professionalism. After undressing before the cameras, Stella went on to utter vulgar words that, surely, would make a sober journalist or editor question whether she was in the right state of mind. We may be thinking she was acting funny when, in reality, Stella has a mental illness. Let us be fair when we are executing our duty as journalists. Otherwise, we would have no right to be called journalists in this era when anyone can record and publish material by themselves. How different are we from the rest?

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