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Veteran Journalist Discusses Free Media in #YALICHAT
May 13, 2015

“Journalists should be friends to facts and issues as opposed to personalities or politicians. What’s important is accountability.”

This is how Ugandan-born American journalist Shaka Ssali described the responsibility of journalists during a May 12 #YALIChat. The host of the popular program Straight Talk Africa responded to questions from YALI Network members as follow-up to his guest blog post.

The veteran journalist said he was drawn to journalism “because I wanted to advocate for social justice and give a voice to the voiceless.” Journalism also gives him “the opportunity to put people in authority in a position where they are held accountable,” he said.

Here are some other highlights from Ssali’s #YALIChat: