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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Opinion: Memories like elephants


This is in no way expressed as a threat, but simply as a statement of fact.

There were many in all tiers of authority who could have helped local media operators and employees better survive their way through the devastating economic crisis brought by the Coronavirus pandemic. Many media outlets will never re-open. We will!

A few could help and did. Many could help and did not.

We are only human. We expect we will long remember both types of behaviour. We are here for the very long haul. More than 50 years so far. We haven’t come this far, only to come this far. We will return stronger than ever after this inconvenient hiatus.

We will always act fairly in our public interest journalism. But some officials should not be surprised if they are increasingly exposed in the next chapters to an unrelenting media blowtorch. Those officials are right now writing the very prescription on how their own behaviours will be reported, without fear or favour, for the remainder of their careers.

“There are only two types of journalism – dull journalism and exciting journalism. The true journalism is exciting and decidely unobjective. True journalism, in my view, is devoted entirely to the revelation of facts which someone does not want revealed. That is the high point of journalism; it is the real meaning of being a journalist; it is also exciting and is interesting to read.” – Maxwell Newton