The Pro­fes­sion­al­ism of Jour­nal­ism in Kur­dis­tan

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL -

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.

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