Journalism Award Awarded to Venezuelan Minister ...

Journalism Award Awarded to Venezuelan Minister …

June 25, 2014

The National College of Journalists of Venezuela described as “misrepresentation and manipulation” of the profession of social communicator the journalism prize Aníbal Nazoa, awarded by the Necessary Journalism movement to the Minister of Interior and Justice Miguel Rodríguez Torres.

“We see with concern that once again organizations linked to the government, such as the case of Necessary Journalism, give recognitions to people who are not journalists nor do they exercise a career in social communication, as is the case of Minister Rodríguez Torres,” said Tinedo Guía. president of the union.

In addition, the national representative of the CNP stressed that social communication is a career that is studied at the university and that it requires careful preparation by virtue of the responsibility that is fulfilled.

“There is a very big difference between reporting from objectivity and making known the point of view of a government. Objectivity and impartiality are characteristics of ethical journalism, which is what we advocate at the CNP. A government source such as Rodríguez Torres, in principle, can never act as an independent journalist. Therefore, this award misrepresents and manipulates the concept of what the profession is and its principles ”, says Tinedo Guía on behalf of the CNP board of directors.

On the other hand, Guía referred to the merits that a person who receives a journalism award must fulfill, “in order to be truthful, information must include different points of view, not just the version of a partiality.”

In addition to this, the president of the CNP questioned: “How is an award for truthfulness awarded to an official who has not yet informed the country who or who kidnapped the journalist Nairobi Pinto, for example”, alluding to the kidnapping of the worker of Globovisión perpetrated on April 6 of this year.

The CNP board of directors recalled that the Code of Ethics of the Venezuelan Journalist warns that unionized journalists can only accept awards that are in accordance with the regulations of the CNP, the only trade union entity empowered by law to endorse awards in the area.

Likewise, the CNP called for compliance with the Law of the Exercise of Journalism, in particular to those governments and mayors of the country that have obviated the requirements of professional title and membership as essential elements to recognize journalistic work, which makes them in the area of ​​illegality.

They also raised a call for attention for the awarding of journalism prizes to figures who, within the editorial boards, exercise censorship against their own reporting teams, as was the case of the director of Últimas Noticias and, in turn, former president of the CNP , Eleazar Díaz Rangel, who admitted to censuring colleague Laura Weffer.

The biased nature of the Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize awarded to Díaz Rangel is demonstrated in the words of Esther Quiaro, a member of the jury, who when announcing the award highlighted: “This is journalism that we would like to see done.” Quiaro is also a member of Necessary Journalism and on his Twitter account he defines himself as “a journalist and a Chavista, more than a Chavista than ever! (sic) “.

To conclude, the National College of Journalists extolled the importance of this profession for the strengthening of democracy as a government system that protects the various sectors that make up a nation and not only factors related to a government, since journalistic work is it owes the collective and is not intended to flatter public officials, just because it is.

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