Letter to the Editor: Journalism

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Dear Editor,
I’ve recently noticed the staff at the Amandala is bigoted in an unethical manner. Correct me if I’m wrong, but shouldn’t good journalism mean that one presents all sides of an issue, like same-sex marriage, and not only the op-ed’s that agree with the editor’s personal opinions? If this is correct ethics, aren’t editors legally obliged to it?
I’ve also observed bias in their news reports; I even think it approaches sensationalism. Such as their headlines (The Churches stand strong against UNIBAM!; UNIBAM divides Belize), scare quotes (UNIBAM calls it “hate crime” and “hate speech”), and use of negative connotation (Mr. Orozco and UNIBAM almost always “claim,” instead of just stating or saying).
This is an issue of national importance, when a newspaper censures certain voices, small as they may be, and presents its opinions as facts. Suddenly, “Power to the people” becomes “Power to the editor and all like-minded people.”
With all due respect, Sir,
Ángel Navidad

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