NEWS

We must do more to safeguard privacy

This entire issue is due to the unbridled competition between news bulletins. It is as if the public gets a kick out of seeing three people degraded; the situation has gotten out of hand, and the memory of a deceased person is being insulted. It is one thing to investigate alleged violations of the law regarding kickbacks and another to invade someone’s privacy. The personal details are one thing; it is not the same as an economic, social or even political approach to the issue. We have no business with another person’s private life: Who are we to judge? Journalism should respect privacy; some fundamental respect is called for, particularly if that person is dead. In a case like this, personal details might be safeguarded only if journalists take it upon themselves to do so. Each journalist judges as he or she thinks fit – and that is just a personal view: I myself would not touch on the individuals’ private life. I would only deal with the official investigation of the crime. What is in the public interest should be investigated, but focusing on only that does not mean one is hiding anything. ARIS PORTOSALTE, Skai news anchorman.