Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I feel sorry for Bush..

Have you heard the news about the Shoe Attacker and Mr. Bush? Hearing this news made me feel sorry for the President. Please don’t condemn me for showing this sympathy to him. It’s not because we have the same religion and the man who did an act which the Iraqi people tagged as “Barbaric act” is an Islam believer. Although he has gained support from the Arab world where he is considered a “Hero” still I personally don’t agree with him. Why?
Let us consider this point which the Journalist might neglect. First, he is a Journalist. He must not forget that being a journalist, he has to abide the professional code of ethics or the canons of journalism. He should have memorized and understood by heart the preamble of the code of ethics that states:

“Public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist's credibility.

The Radio-Television News Directors Association, an organization exclusively centered on electronic journalism, maintains a code of ethics centering on -- public trust, truthfulness, fairness, integrity, independence and accountability.”

At all times, he must be independent and impartial. He was in the conference as a professional journalist – to cover the event and report it to the public fairly. He is not a mere spectator. He must separate his “being a journalist identity” from his personal identity. Okay, personally he was bursting with hard emotions and ill-feelings with the President. But he must set aside his personal emotions because he attended the conference as a journalist and not as anybody (whoever he is).

I understand he could not keep his anger anymore . But throwing a pair of shoes to the outgoing President is disrespect. And I believe we should have basic respect to all our leaders in the country whether they are evil or angel.