The Dean of Student Affairs at MEU, Dr. Saleem Al-Shareef, participated in an episode of the “Manarat” radio program, on Radio Amen FM, which focused on the role of public security in influencing public opinion, on the occasion of the radio’s fifteenth anniversary.
The Dean spoke about the schools of journalism in reporting news, and the many responsibilities that lie on the shoulders of the press corporation. He added that the journalist is not required to focus on breaking news as much as to seek accuracy, objectivity and balance. Failure to comply with this may reflect negatively on public opinion.
The Dean also explained the difference between a media journalist and a security officer in practicing the profession of journalism, and that the latter begins his mission with a memorandum dealing with what happened, unlike some journalists who cover the event without taking into account some of the ethics of the profession. As well, he added that the difference lies in the fact that speed in reporting the event is not the winning card in the art of journalism, which relies on ethical principles, and psychological perceptions concerned with influencing the identity of the news.
The Dean referred to the basics of ethical journalism, which focused on making complete news without sacrificing the elements and aspects of the story at the expense of the people who may be subjected to abuse in order to obtain the news; such as photographing the dead bodies of an accident on the highway in order to obtain views, emphasizing that the public no longer accepts content that does not respect them.
In addition, the Dean congratulated the Public Security Department on the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary Radio Amen FM on behalf of MEU and all its members.