Journalism endangered by power

Newspapers should print the news in an objective manner and should also encourage their editorial staff to express alternative views

Editor, The Times:

Andrew Coyne recently resigned as editor of editorials and comments at the National Post because his freedom to express an alternative view to the paper’s endorsement of Harper’s Conservative government was denied by upper management.

Newspapers should print the news in an objective manner and should also encourage their editorial staff to express alternative views in the interest of enlightening their readers.

Canadian newspapers should not be modelling themselves after Third World propaganda rags that try to brainwash their readers in order to curry favour with the politically powerful.

Bravo Mister Coyne for standing up for your principles! Shame on the owners of the National Post for not championing journalism, which by the way is supposed to have five core principles: (1) truth and accuracy; (2) independence; 3) fairness and impartiality; (4) humanity; and (5) accountability.

Lloyd Atkins

Vernon, B.C.