Posted by Becca Mataloni
A few days ago, I read an article about a Ugandan newspaper publishing pictures of the top 100 Homosexuals in Uganda. The end said, “Hang them.”
The IPI is mostly upset because newspapers should not publish articles that expose private information on individuals and supports violence against them. The media tells the news, and should not be written with opinion. The words “hang them” clearly shows the opinion of the editor, Giles Muhame.
When I first read the article, I completely agreed with the IPI because so many journalists fight for press freedom, and to see the Ugandan newspaper go against the ethics we all learn makes all journalists look bad.
However, homosexuality is illegal in Uganda. It is part of its culture. So, think about the United States publishing a sex offender list. Is that ethically wrong? Many of us would say no, because they pose as a threat to children. But that is exactly what Muhame is saying to the people of Uganda. He wants the authorities to investigate children being recruited to homosexuality. To him, homosexuality is a threat to children.
Because I was brought up in a culture where homosexuality is legal, it is hard to understand why someone would publish something like that. But when I think about their culture, is it actually bad?
As journalists, we must realize that values and morals vary from culture to culture. It is our duty to know about the country and culture we write about because what might be acceptable for America may not be in that country.