Arts is a vibrant industry, one with both rewards and its challenges, so is journalism.
Let me not hesitate to say the two (artists and journalists) are umbilical twins and their success or failure, thereof depends on the other.
While the umbilical connection between the two is one that cannot be separated we need to know that they are both prone to criticism and applause when they both do good and bad, respectively.
Our quest as journalists is to create hype around the arts and culture industry and hype does not necessarily mean being selective. As men and women, who swore with life to hold our pens as firm as possible with the fairest ink we need to stand in the middle.
Meanwhile, with challenges real in the arts industry players in this industry simply need to know that challenges be it struggling with taxi money for gigs, not having shows to perform on, being ignored by corporates or even success stories of buying cars, houses or international tours are all prone to scrutiny and applause.
Of late, we have been witnessing a very disturbing trend where certain musicians and arts players in the highest of places have started leaning on young journalists with the quest of influencing their thinking and writing.
Some have tried to use journalists to be marketing tools for their different gigs and if that is not done they threaten with not giving stories. As the editorial team, we have the names of these artists on record and we can and shall choose to go on record with them if the time comes.
unwrap.online has in the recent past ran a lot of stories on the success and challenges of the industry and shall continue to do so. We presume that is the notion of all other newsmen and women in Namibia and the world. In simple terms as journalists, it is important that we stand resolute for the truth and in fairness. As for the artists, the industry should continue to grow, regardless of challenges. Let’s only meet halfway to support each other in the true sense of brotherhood through this success.
As the editorial team, we condemn any overtures that any artist would make to influence a journalist as this is unethical, and also breaches the principle of mutual respect.
It is important that we draw a very firm and thick line in the sand and tell whoever these artists are (names withheld) to respect the journalists and also make it categorically clear that journalists are also not immune to criticism.
If any artist succeeds it is a story if an artist is misbehaving it’s also a story and so it is a story as long as the person is a public figure in the true notion of public interest. We shall see no names big or small in our coverage and we shall continue to be resolute.
In the true sense of brotherhood, we shall call each other to size if one deviates and we shall celebrate each other if one succeeds. In simpler terms, anything about any public figure is news with or without their influence and on our side, we shall cover these without favour in the true sense of public interest.