A dilemma of Dominican dailies according to DominicanToday

The recent row over the construction of a cement plant close to the Haitises National Park once again shows why major newspapers shouldn’t be in the hands of business groups, or banks or other interests whose main activity isn’t news and information.

Newspaper El Caribe, which in a survey published yesterday by newspaper Diario Libre figures with a paltry 4.92% of the country’s circulation, is the latest example.

A prestigious business group based in Santiago, which holds a majority stake in that daily, is behind the plant whose construction is already underway.

But El Caribe’s lopsided reporting of the conflict strips it of its prestige earned from decades of balanced journalism, and both lose as a result.

It happened with Listin Diario in the Baninter debacle; with Diario Libre in the Bancredito scandal, and even with the innovative Clave Digital when it had to defend its owners during the troubling last few months of the project Cap Cana.

The shining exceptions: El Nacional, Hoy and El Dia. Their owner, Pepin Corripio, somehow avoids tampering and allows their editors to report it “as they see it,” an unwritten rule Dominican Today’s owners also respect.

jorge.pineda@dominicantoday.com

 

http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/opinion/2009/6/4/32196/A-dilemma-of-Dominican-dailies

Dominican Watchdog note:

For those who don't know Jorge Pineda, then he is the owner and editor of DominicanToday.com

Probably the most trusted news source you can find in english from the Dominican Republic.

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