We are at a pivotal time in the world of journalism. The profession is changing so rapidly that it’s hard to know what the future holds for our industry. However, there are a few people who have set the bar for how to not behave as journalists, and we can learn from their mistakes and avoid making those same mistakes ourselves. Ethiopian news youtube is a fine website which collects many of the news reports from Ethiopia and puts them into a single location. You can learn a lot from the Ethiopian news youtube website and you will not be surprised to know that many of these reports of news events are coming from people very different from you. 

One report that stands out is what happened in Ethiopia in June of this year when a group of journalists started deliberately making false reports about an alleged coup plot being carried out by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s government. The mainstream media picked up a story about the alleged coup plot and ran with it, regardless of the facts so no matter what the truthful information was, it was not given the time of day by most major media outlets.

5 Journalists That Had Gone Way Too Far :

1. Mesfin Negash

Mesfin Negash is the Chief Executive for EBC, Ethiopia’s national broadcaster. He has been involved in many events that have changed the world of journalism and he is one of the people who have contributed to a decline in the quality of news reporting. Mesfin has put his own personal political views above facts and journalism ethics and that is something that you as a future journalist can learn from him. You should always report the story, not your interpretation of it. 

You should not try to interpret a story, you should report the story without your own personal bias. You would be surprised by how many people do this, and you will be surprised by how in tune they are with their own personal bias because most people try to interpret things and make them their own. They interpret stories, they interpret facts and they interpret events that happen in the world and when they don’t agree with the truth of something they will put their bias on it. If you are going to write a story, make sure that it is close to the truth, but not too close.

2. Aster Fisseha

Aster Fisseha is an Ethiopian reporter based in Washington DC where he works for Voice of America (VOA) as an on-air personality and producer. Aster has made some very inaccurate statements on social media which have been spreading like wildfire around the internet. He is one of the people who you need to watch out for in regards to how you talk about politicians and public figures online because Aster seems not to hold himself to any standards of ethics. 

He has been known to make derogatory personal comments about public figures online which are not based in fact but are rather his opinion. He calls himself a journalist, but what he is doing is spreading gossip and lies around on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. This is not something that you should be doing because social media has a way of perpetuating lies and rumor far more quickly than they can ever be debunked. It’s up to you to do the right thing and report the actual facts, including your interpretation of those facts but don’t spread rumors that have no basis in reality.

3. Hisham Melhem

Hisham Melhem is an Arab-American journalist who was banned from entering Israel by the President’s office after he made reckless allegations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu involving corruption and money laundering. Hisham is one of many journalists that has gotten this news item completely wrong and has actively made things more difficult for Israel. There are people who have a personal agenda against Israel and that is more important than the truth for Hisham Melhem. He promotes hatred for Israel and is making things worse for the country in the eyes of not only other journalists but also in the eyes of those who are holding political influence over the government of Israel.

4. Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal 

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal is another example of someone who put personal agendas above facts and journalism ethics. He speaks with an arrogance and a false sense of superiority which puts him above everyone else. He told CNN that they are making a mistake covering Donald Trump’s campaign because they are giving him free advertising. He has falsely claimed that Trump’s rhetoric is “remarkably racist” which is not true. 

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal also took aim at Twitter founder Jack Dorsey. He said that he was “deceived” into a meeting with the CEO and gave him $50 million for reasons that were not clear. It is just the sort of arrogant supercilious rubbish which you shouldn’t put out there if you want to be taken seriously as a journalist, because it puts people off and it makes you look like an arrogant child rather than someone who is trying to inform people about what is going on in the world.

5. Robert Fisk

Robert Fisk is a journalist who has a bad reputation of spreading anti-American propaganda, despite the fact that he is a journalist. He frequently writes negative things about the American government, but he does that in his own country too. The United Kingdom has always had an uneasy relationship with the American government and whenever there are political tensions between the UK and America then you will get negative articles about the United States from journalists such as Robert Fisk, who openly admit that they parrot what their friends in the British media say about America.


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