January 5, 2006
It has almost become a cliché. You read a comment piece in a newspaper and at the bottom, in italics, is a disclaimer that goes something like: "The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the proprietors of this newspaper" etc, etc. It's another publisher trying to cover its ass - although just how much legal protection that sentence actually provides is another matter.
Having said that, it was good to see VOA being confident enough to start their editorials page with the line "Reflecting the Views of the United States Government".
The United States government clearly has clear views about the detention of journalists in Ethiopia.
Posted by aheavens at January 5, 2006 7:20 AM
What makes journalists so special?
"everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression. . . .this right includes the freedom to. . . .seek, receive and impart information through all media and regardless of frontiers."
So, what responsibility is attached to this "freedom"?
Like for example how would one relate journalism and "Political correctness"? (one can recall the Rwandan interhamwe media broadcasts)
Posted by: Tazabi at January 5, 2006 7:11 PM