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Investigative journalism and freedom of the press

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posted on Mar, 3 2011 @ 10:22 AM
What? When? Where? How? Who? Why? These words are the journalist's best friends.

Helped by the technologies available, investigative journalism combined with freedom of the press has the potential to straighten up those who thought were untouchable.

Like an undercover cop, the investigative journalist will have to play many roles in order to gather facts. To add objectivity, good quality recording devices are essential which aren't so difficult to acquire if you look HERE for example. And that is what is cheaply available.

Even if the said journalist has to edit his story to make it more to the point, he will have the neccessary (lenghty) original documents to back it up. Audio-video recordings are the best in this matter because they give you a more unbiased view than human relayed information*.

And in an attempt to suppress the probability of corruption, I'd even suggest a competition/collaboration between different news source to investigate on important public matters.

Evidently, there should be protocols on how it is presented (a law in Canada prohibits intentionnally misleading information/interpretations from declared news sources). Too many times have I seen on T.V. or videos or else good questions being asked, good points being made... accompanied by false assumptions from the presentator himself, effectively turning the subject away from key details.

Presentation is only a part of this kind of journalism. Going after the information itself is another one that will require from its gatherer multiple talents and ressources. It is not easy. Some people can detect lies or at least emotions through body language. Acting is not as good as knowing. While acting is important, there is no written script of what is to come. So, acquiring all the knowledge of the role an investigative journalist will assume during his undercover investigation will greatly reduce the risks of him getting caught. The knowledge gained on the subject before the investigation will be very useful after, to analyse the acquired raw data and select what is relevant.

Now, there's a great difference between freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The first one let people express what they want to and is an unalienable individual's right. The second one gives journalists the right to obtain any (unsecured/uncensored) information and publish it, and I would consider it as a right encompassing and protecting the masses from large scale broadcast of lies through some malicious powerful individuals. Personnally, I support freedom of speech. But in true journalism, they have to report the facts as they are, assuming nothing, questionning everything. Personnal opinions should have no place in this context because it would distort the information that is reported by not leaving the time to most of the audience to analyse all the facts by themselves.

What is happening in the news world nowadays, is that every bit of information is digested and pooped out with the efficacity of the giraffe digestive system. There's too many people between first hand information and its publishing. And not enough independent news sources, and if so, not a large enough audience to make a difference.

What you think is your business, not mine. You are free. But if your goal is to report something based on your personnal opinions instead of facts and good ol' logic, don't you think it is a little bit selfish and irresponsible doing so ?

*Speaking of relaying information, it would be nice that every camera installed in public areas were to be accessible for the public to see.

posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 07:44 PM
reply to post by Vio1ion

Beautiful! I agree that with the media... there is far too much bias and agenda going on. Especially these days with the elections and what not, I totally see it full-fledged. The media should represent truth and should let the clips and photographs speak for themselves. The media should be thought of more as a medium, a way to transfer information from one place and time to another.

As for personal journalism, the same is applicable, yet I feel there is still a bit of restriction. You can get in trouble for filming in certain places, even just audio I think, it it leads to shelter to the outside world of what is happening. That being said, there is a right time and place for everything and there is responsibilities to all freedoms that someone has...


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