Dilemma of Website Editors
Dear Ethiopian observer readers and
my years of service as a webmaster and editor, I had always maintained
impartiality on articles and opinions submitted to ethioobserver.net. The
very keel of my belief was to encourage readers to read and respond. Media
generally provides positive or negative analysis surrounding an issue but
the challenge remains to the website owner’s identifying credible versus
non credible sources. Webmasters have no tools to determine the accuracy
of credibility of the post on the other hand viral word of mouth can be
infectious and damaging. Any article that was submitted to be posted must
be read and challenged its accuracy. Negative word of mouth communication
it has more harmful to freedom of press than articles that are posted. Gandhi said “Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct
has come to my attention from close friends and ethioobserver.net readers TAND's statement on the uprising in Gondar
titled “ጎንደር የህዝቡ ትግል ሲግል-የኢህኣዴግ ውድቀት ሲቀላጠፍ
has generated strong descending views. Even though I do appreciate
your candied opinion, I want to assure you that Ethioobserver’ s
Achilles’ heel is its reputation of to be trustworthy, adhering to
freedom of press and speech and being honest and open with the public.
Ethioobserver continues to navigate a rocky road towards securing the
interest of every concerned citizen of Ethiopia who are considered on many
issues to have their say based on the guidelines. We unify through
diversification. Let’s speak unity and harmony, minimize the differences
in our backgrounds, while maximizing the common grounds. Our diversity of
ideas should be an advantage and allows us to big.
Genuine participation on the cyber world does not unfold without at
least initial support or oppose.
often there remains a tragic gap between what readers are willing to read
and tolerate other views and respond decisively to the writer. The features of democracy
are freedom, dissent, tolerance, justice, and fairness. These features are
both moral and political. In moral terms, they function as lodestars of
action. They provide us with value frames and standards of appropriate
conduct when we share ideas with other persons. Too often after
they read the article they start to blame the service provider. In a
democratic society political tolerance and different views is a process
that leads to enrich the reader and broaden the scope to wider arrays of
the enormous diversity of social contexts as our Ethiopia is where
different ideas and political stands takes place one might imagine it
would be extremely difficult to identify a single rule of thumb that
satisfy everyone. Ethiopians are becoming increasingly polarized right and
left, with the great body of the people in the middle confused while few
having mastered deceit. It is necessary to rectify the attitude that
exists between readers that cross political divisions while,
fundamentally, ensuring success and genuine social justice. We are all
learning the process of democracy and freedom of press through trial and
The remedy to heal our community will take several generations and
skillful approach. We have to be careful not to mislead and sideline so
many well-intentioned patriotic Ethiopians.
cannot afford to squash freedom of press as it has demonstrated time and
again on many of websites instead of entertain different ideas only to be
posted their likes. It is impossible with such mindset to reconcile in
earnest which requires personal interest comes first, the interest of the
Ethiopian people second, ethnic bashing third, and the country for
democratization can wait. Ethioobserver.net was created to serve the
Ethiopian people, I am not interested to exhort editorial on individual
writers who abide by the guidelines of DISCLAIMER and Notice.
there is an opportunity for tolerance and respond to other views that we
disagree, escalation of distrust remains in our DNA feeding to the demise
of political divisions. Many people are trapped by their past experiences
and have difficulty with change. We are systematically robbing any rights
that a democracy provides. There is no comparable absurdity
than muzzling ideas that we disagree with.
The time is overdue for the rise of new mindset that pursues
tolerance with vigor, seeks social justice and equality.
promote ethics by encouraging honest interaction ensure a civil and
professional atmosphere for all participants.
Let us all move forward together to create an atmosphere that would
promote, respect and tolerance irrespective of our political inclinations
and national origins.
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