Somali Pirates

I would like to dedicate some time to discuss the media and specifically about an article that was published on September 30, 2008 titled, “Somali Pirates Tell Their Side – They Want Only Money”.

One could infer from the title itself that most news articles about the Somali pirates do not contain their side of the story, which by default would make them not objective. If this were the case, which I think it is, then the media would have strayed so far away from its original purpose that it has to distinguish certain articles as being fair.

That is unacceptable.

Furthermore, the lack of objectivity is evident in the unawareness of the American public. Do most Americans know why the Somali pirates started to hijack ships?

According to the New York Times article, the Somali pirates started hijacking freighters because they wanted to stop illegal fishing and dumping in their waters, but since then have become corrupt.

Mohamed Osman Aden, a Somali diplomat in Kenya, states “It’s true that the pirates started to defend the fishing business. And illegal fishing is a real problem for us. But this does not justify these boys to now act like guardians. They are criminals. The world must help us crack down on them.”

This is, of course, just a small piece of the puzzle of what is the background to this topic, but it is significant; the American public should know about this, but they don't.

I criticize the media for not fulfilling its responsibility.