The Future of Journalism by Dr. Habibollah Moazami *
The Future of Journalism by
Dr. Habibollah Moazami *
About a year ago, in an interview with Online News, I presented a critique of journalism in Iran and its literature and training, and I read one of the reasons for this criticism being the lack or weakness of investigative journalism in our country. Investigative journalism now exists in our country, and without naming it, I mean the media as a distinctly ‘online future’.
On Dec. 12, “Future Online” was titled “The result of 14 months of enlightenment: Babak Zanjani arrested.” Without evaluating the content of the discipline of the pursuit of ‘Future Online’ reports on Babak Zanjani, as a Wuxi journalism teacher who has had three decades of professional activity and aspirations, a prominent feature of the online future and a distinctive welcome I know the use of investigative journalism.
Investigative journalism is one of the features of leading (albeit not new) journalism and symbolizes the proper role-playing of journalism in society. This journalism is also called disclosure journalism because it reveals corruption in society, especially in power. The point of attack and the purpose of this journalism should not be considered merely economic and political corruption. Rather, it is true that this journalism is known as the journalism of the perpetrators and the fight against any of them in society and mainly the abusers, and because it relies on the reporting (analysis) of fresh, well-reasoned and continuous intelligence data, It has been called the artistic profession of the last century.
This journalism is therefore the symbol of modern journalism and the right role-playing journalism that every society and media is not prepared to resort to for its own development and excellence. This journalism is like revealing hidden and corrupt layers of power and economy in society. There are serious dangers, and for the perpetrators of this type of journalism, there are anomalous restrictions and restrictions, such as preventing easy access to it, and of course, threats against it. That is why not every media is ready to take on such social responsibility. On the other hand, any media outlet cannot handle this transcendent style of journalism. First, it does not tend to or is not aware of it, and if it does so, it lacks the courage and boldness of journalism, which is not acquired. Second, it does not have the capacity to pursue the subject and to provide continuous information in this context to make it a “community issue”. Access to information sources is another type of journalism needed for any media to carry out investigative journalism.
We now see the “Future of Online” headline “14 Months of Enlightenment: Babak Zanjani Arrested”, which is the result of this same and high capacity in journalism, ie “investigative journalism” by “Future of Online”. That journalism is not merely propaganda is in favor of sovereignty and government and that it is not insulting to dissidents and critics. Rather, it is a communication technique that can reasonably serve the development and excellence of society and the spokesman for the people and the “fourth pillar”.
It was mentioned the role of the media, which is well known in the field of investigative journalism. The media, as a watchdog of the affairs and activities and relationships in the community, report this to the public and openly because of the belief that tradition is a central pillar of every community’s people and that reporting in order to increase their awareness and empowerment requires their participation. It is about building society and improving it.
Since clean napkins cannot be created, those who turn to anti-corruption investigative journalism who have a clean background as well as a foul-mouthed future do not make the media a present and future livelihood and a blackmailing tool.
This type of journalism can also be called Shahamati journalism. Because its carriers, by engaging with the political and economic powers in thought, are not a cover-up of media activity, and prefer the interests of society and the people to their personal and self-interest. The place of this truth-telling journalism in our society is extremely empty and those who are trying to revive it have to be protected and the abusive and inappropriate restrictions imposed on them must be resolved, and we are essentially expecting the “state media sphere”, the national award for Strengthening this type of journalism will determine the need for development.