The Professionalism of Journalism in Kurdistan
Honeybees look for flower to make honey, but most of the time the honey is taken out and prepared by the owner and filled with false honey and sugar. The disillusion of the honey is for getting more money and gaining a better marketing. Sometimes, some journalists are just like these honeybees, they look for news, but their owners distort the originality of the product after getting them to lure them into a trap.
The questions of Kurdish journalists, looking for information and having to face the procedures of issuing them, have reached an extent that could determine the value and ethics of journalists. Kurdistan journalists due to the extension of media role by all means of classical, online and social media have stepped to an important stage of personal and social responsibilities. Though I believe that newspaper in Kurdistan hasn't yet emerged to be meant a creator of news and a professional deliverer of information, but the directions are towards appearing these kinds of professional media and newspapers.
Journalists have been divided into two of directions, one of them being of those looking to establish a Kurdish state and entity, and they are not ready to publish any kind of information. The other one believes that it should publish all kinds of information and right now, without taking any dimensions or the complex relations of the Region with Bagdad and some countries of the area, and the changes in east and the progress of extremist Islamic movements into consideration. These two directions sometimes tend to confront one another when they deny untrue news and the methods they're working on. It seems that these two groups do not intend to treat the news and events professionally. The first justifies hiding information through the viewpoint of public interest. And the second, under the name of being independent in publishing and criticizing and being under the effect of <anti-authority' ideology, hurries in publishing the news ahead of realizing its truthfulness. The first group is a kind of self-censorship, and the second is a kind of chaos.
Kurdistan's journalists should think of some basic methods in order to make a social and effective media.
First- working within the domain of law in order not to violate the right of citizenship and individuals. This exists in Kurdistan Media Law, beside publishing legal awareness and submission of solving problems in courts and respecting the law.
Second- information should be verified ahead of publishing, so that not only eyes and emotions of people are treated, but provoking peoples' mind should be thought of.
Third- a journalist should improve himself by getting acquainted with modern methods of journalism and professionalism.
Fourth- training and improvement courses for journalists should be conducted such as <writing, directing journalism, dealing with information and using journalism language'.
Fifth- a journalist should distinguish between writing an (opinion) and a (news). What is seen today in Kurdish media and newspapers is domination of personal opinions and viewpoints in news reports, not delivering the information to citizens and people.
And this is just like the story of the honeybee, owners of which distort the originality of news and information, because of sweetening the topic, not making it objective and keeping the context as it is, far from reactions and cutting information in the news under the effect of personal interest and mixing it with ideologies and deceiving people under the effect of personal opinion rhythms.