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Catholic Media Director Challenges Journalists
By Robert Dixon/LINA
MONROVIA January 23 (LINA) - The Director of the Catholic Media Center (CAMCAM), Father Ambrose Dayouga Kroma, has challenged journalists to “take a moment and judge” the potential impact of offensive, divisive and inflammatory comments before reporting them.
He said failure to give due consideration to this delicate act of managing and balancing information in journalism does result to tragic consequences, according tothe Liberia News Agency.
Fr. Kroma made the statement Thursday at a start of the second in a series of workshops centered on Ethics of Journalism organized by the CAMCAM for staff of the Catholic Church-run Radio VERITAS.
“While it remains true that the dawn of a new democratic space and process in Liberia has allowed for a multiplicity of media houses and also an increase in the level of press freedom, this unfortunately has not translated into higher standards as it relates to ethics of journalism,” Fr. Kroma observed.
He indicated that it is regrettable that some journalists and media institutions have become foot-soldiers for propaganda and the promotion of selfish interest and agenda contrary to the national agenda.
He emphasized that needless to state that whenever media institutions are manipulated by self-interests and personal aggrandizement, good journalist will inadvertently do damage when they report controversial and sensational stories out of context.