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Editor Please Explain

 |  Kate Nielsen  | 
Regarding the “Apology from Editor” I have just read in the 26 March 2024 edition of the Informer: I had to read the article twice because I was certain I must have misunderstood.

The apology is to the Director of the Kubota Billfish Classic Competition and the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club, for publishing the first part of a two-part article from Shaun Lee about the ethical dilemmas of big game fishing, “by way of an alternative perspective” to the coverage of the competition.

The Editor notes that “with all good journalism editors have a responsibility for their papers to give a voice to as many points of view” and again later “commits to her responsibilities, representing as many points of view as possible”. She refers to the role of a community newspaper as “to give our very best to this community… understanding that we cannot please everyone”.

Immediately thereafter, she states “Part Two of the article [about the ethical dilemmas of big game fishing] will not be printed”.

Please justify the decision not to print the rest of Shaun Lee’s article.

How can the Editor claim to allow many different voices and opinions, and then not run an article with a conservation bent, because of a complaint from big game fishing? Is that good, fair, responsible journalism?

If the Informer wishes to give the best to this community, give equal time and weight to all sides of an issue. Regardless of their stand on game fishing, I’m sure all fair-minded people would be open to reading the rest of the ethics article.


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