Media must report objectively

EDITOR — This letter is in response to a story published in yesterday’s edition of the Daily News titled “Mushowe calls for balanced reporting”.

I also echo the same sentiments highlighted by the Information minister that the media should report objectively in a balanced and credible way.

The media should report in a manner that seeks to unite the nation towards common goals of national development, respect for human rights and the rule of law.

The media has an obligation to foster democratic ideals and principles of good governance, including exposing corrupt leaders.

Failure by the media to delicately balance these roles eventually leads to them being abused by politicians and partisan reporting of news which is detrimental for the development of the nation.

If the media is used by politicians to advance their selfish agendas at the expense of issues of national importance, they cease to be valuable to society.

In this regard, I would like to thank you the Daily News for being the source of reliable news. Your reporting is fair and factual, without fear or favour. This is the ideal way the media must discharge their duties. Keep up the good work!

Mai Tanya.

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