Here’s another great example for our class. This is an op-ed piece by Rodney Sieh, the editor of Front Page Africa, who was jailed for a week after his newspaper was shut down. His paper writes honestly about issues impacting West Africa, and the government of his nation doesn’t like that.
Sieh used to work at The Post-Standard in Syracuse, NY, where I spent the bulk of my career. HIs message is important for all of us because it is unlikely we will be jailed for doing our jobs here in America. We need to take advantage of that freedom as reporters and do our jobs well. We need to tell the stories that those in power don’t want told. We have no excuse. Sieh’s paper did the right thing even though it cost him. Why don’t we do the stories we should? Ask yourself that. Probably it comes down to being too lazy. When journalists like Sieh are putting it all on the line, how can we rest?