By Aaron Berhane August 2008 In the last issue of Meftih, we published an article by Mr. Kelil Talke, who denounced the activities of the president of...
By Aaron Berhane
In the last issue of Meftih, we published an article by Mr. Kelil Talke, who denounced the activities of the president of the Eritrean- Canadian Association of Ontario (ECAO). We received several letters from readers, saying that they appreciated Mr. Talke’s constructive criticism. We are thrilled that so many people responded, however, we are also concerned with the content of these letters.
The authors of these letters focused on the personal behaviour of the president instead of focusing on issues. Most missed the main issue and assassinated the character of the president of the ECAO. This has no value in correcting the flaws of our community. Because of that, we didn’t publish any of these letters in Meftih nor will we do so in the future.
A newspaper is a forum that allows us to exchange ideas, correct our mistakes, identify our strengths and evaluate our activities. This is a forum for responsible citizens. However, if citizens forget their responsibilities and write defamatory statements about individuals, this will not be tolerated.
Meftih will continue to be wide open as a forum for those who focus on issues. But those who undermine the dignity of individuals will be locked out.
Therefore, every reader is expected to respect the policy of Meftih; use the paper to correct our mistakes; and express constructive criticism. Only by doing so, can we help our community to grow.