Address of the Chairman of the Union of Journalists to the Tajik and Kyrgyz Journalists and Social Networks Activists

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Due to the clashes on the Tajik-Kyrgyz border in late April, the Chairman of the Union of Journalists Zinatullo Ismoilzoda addressed an appeal to journalists and activists of social networks of Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic.

“The Union of Journalists of Tajikistan, along with other civil society organizations in Tajikistan, is deeply concerned about the deadly situation in the Tajik and Kyrgyz border. First of all, we express our condolences to the families of the victims and wish them patience in overcoming the difficulties,” he said.

“Our professional mission and that of you, dear colleagues, requires us to serve the cause of truth and justice. According to professional and ethical standards, the task of the media is to provide impartial, fair and non-emotional coverage of events,” Ismoilzoda noted.

“Back in the Soviet era, social inequality and the distribution of water resources led to border disputes. But this did not end the conflict. Border clashes and efforts are not new, but our main goal should be a realistic covering of this ultimate issue. Unfortunately, both in print and electronic media, as well as on social networks, violent information about the situation, full of emotions and hatred, is spread,” the Chairman of the Union of Journalists added.

“We, journalists, in such a situation should not give in to emotions, but weigh all issues on the scales of justice and not be the cause of the flames of hatred and intolerance. By adhering to the professional and ethical standards of journalistic activity, we should assist in providing accurate, impartial and free information to our viewers, listeners and readers,” he emphasized.

“Once again, we ask you, dear colleagues and social networks activists, to provide a realistic picture of the situation, an honest analysis and presentation of the material with unverified facts and figures,” Ismoilzoda concluded.

Source: National information agency of Tajikistan