THE proclaimed exposéabout a “dirty tricks campaign” against Independent News Media (INM) is an example of sloppy propaganda that is both grossly defamatory of several individuals and brings discredit to investigative journalism.
It focuses on the number of allegedly “negative” reports about INM and its putative owner, Dr Iqbal Survé. But the number of such reports, who authored them and whether they are negative or not is largely irrelevant if the information contained in the reports is true.
Journalism, by its nature, investigative, sets out to establish the facts of any matter by exploring every aspect to try and expose the truth. This is a cardinal rule. There is also a secondary rule that protects individuals from vindictive exposure: is what is written in the public interest?