Reading the papers this morning there seems to be a fight about “who started this thing” with everyone coming on the line trying to take credit for this movement before it even taking hold.
Alwasat for instance did not even name this blog nor Ahmed Alaradi who wrote the code in the first place based on my discussion with him and handing him over the original code of ethics on whose idea he based the current code against sectarianism. This happened during the Alwaqt seminar and in the presence of Dr. Abdulla Yateem, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Information, who was sitting next to me at the time. In Alwatan I see that others are now taking some sort of initiative to write a completely new code in order for them to attribute it to themselves.
Ethics demand, especially for journalists, to at least attribute the source.
I am also rather dismayed that most Bahraini blogs have not taken up the issue and at least discussed it. Is this not an important issue to all of you? Or are you too waiting for credits and a pat of the back?
Where does all of this leave the crux of the matter? No where. It will once again be diluted and nothing will happen. Another noble project lost.
I don’t give a damn who takes credit for this code, if you want to remove my name from it I personally don’t care. I’m not looking for any compensation nor recognition. What I am looking for is for this country to least to be at peace with itself and stop the stupidity of using one crisis to cover another; one scandal to counter another, and the spread of the sectarian and discriminatory poison which is killing opportunities which should be enjoyed by the people of this country.
All of them.
So quit your bickering, abide by professional and personal ethics and let’s get this show on the road.