Journalism: A call to honesty
Every 3rd of May is celebrated as the International Day for Press Freedom. Throughout the world on this day people celebrate and honor all those journalists who in vogue truth and honesty within a society, stood rock solid in their profession and did not fear revenge from the powerful,did not accept any favours to be quiet to let things be, and did not let the political or social ineptitudes infect the proper functioning of the societies. Consequently, since 1993 UN has celebrated this day to honour all those journalists who lose their lives while reporting on wars, terrorist activities, or in their investigations of heinous crimes and those guilty of committing those crimes. The day serves to remind every journalist the true spirit of journalism and to inculcate feelings of respect and honour in the general public for journalists who consistently remain true to themselves and to their profession.
Journalism is a profession both noble in its conception and delicately balanced in its practicality. For though the dictates of journalism are ideally the only mirror of a society’s political and social structure as a powerful tool to appreciate our society’s virtues and vices to be rewarded or punished accordingly, it should also be acknowledged that in such a quest for truth of a societal magnitude, to remain wholly unaffected by the political influences, and by the socially dynamic stakeholders is indeed a daunting challenge for one’s judgment and integrity. As a result, where there are those selfless souls who make their profession praiseworthy by their selfless sacrifices, there are those too, who are coerced by fear or favour to bend their knees before the powerful. It is because of this precarious balance which hinges on one’s personal morality and daring character which has made journalism susceptible to doubt and apprehensions when being considered by an individual as his or her potential profession.
Nevertheless, the pull of policing the circulation of truth within a society, to ensure people’s right to know the exact political and social facts about their respective nations, and above all to be instrumental in highlighting and eradicating all the vices of human society is so strong that despite its dangers people are still willing to earn the honour of choosing journalism and becoming a part of this call to honesty from all.
It should also be acknowledged that journalism as practised in its truest values is one of the essentials of democracy. For it establishes an effective bridge of communication and accountability between the general public, political leaders, and the affluent class keeping the entire society connected by attempting to create an atmosphere of trust and understanding between all segments of the society. Thus, To imprecate such practices of journalism which manifests in its practice its truest believes and norms is to openly suggest that one does not believe in being governed by a rule for the people and by the people and to applaud such consistently honest efforts for a political and social harmony is to appreciate every person’s right to live in an honest, untrustworthy and a peaceful society.
So let our choices define what we believe in! Let our sport for such people and their efforts for a peaceful world display our own passion to advocate the cause of trust, honesty, and a sustainable productivity of our societies in all its political and social spheres.