Newspapers which report objectively are here to stay

I STRONGLY believe that traditional newspapers which report objectively, without fear or favour, are here to stay (‘Integrity will help newspapers stay relevant’; last Saturday).

Occasionally, I turn to social media for comments on certain social and political issues and, more often than not, I take their viewpoints with a pinch of salt for the simple reason that the contributors write under pseudonyms.

People who use the media to have their voices heard should do so openly unless they have a hidden agenda, in which case, they would invariably wish to remain anonymous.

In some countries, social and digital media are reckoned to be very effective communication tools in influencing public opinion, and this is because traditional newspapers have failed to be objective and responsible in reporting news as it should be.

Singaporeans today are more discerning and knowledgeable; they opt for good taste and value for money when it comes to accessing reliable sources of information. They are aware of some media that are sensational and unethical and which, if left unchecked, will weaken the social fabric of our society.

Hence, it is important that we continue to support our traditional newspapers which have served us with their candid reports all these years.

Jeffrey Law

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