When the goal of a website is to ruin the credibility of another organization or person without the use of facts, sources or even authors then they are just a tabloid/gossip journalism site.
5. ITS PRACTITIONERS MUST MAINTAIN AN INDEPENDENCE FROM THOSE THEY COVER
The obvious nature of this principle is that the “writers” have no conscience.
Use of sexuality and sexual images
This website wrote in some “exclusive and breaking news style” that I am a social worker. True, I do hold a Master’s degree in Social Work. This fact is stated in my writer’s biography at the end of every article I publish. So in that vein, let’s take a look at the psychology of this website.
In the Handbook of Clinical Psychology Competencies, the authors discuss sexual deviance in this way, “Dysfunctional thinking styles that have been identified as relevant to sexual deviance include sexual entitlement (Hanson, Gizzarelli, & Scott, 1994); Negative views of women and their sexuality (Malamuth & Brown, 1994; Marshall & Hambley, 1996); and general aggressive thinking (p. 963).” The “artist” on the site has a very peculiar habit, bordering on a mental illness, of drawing his/her subjects naked, half naked, defecating or in other suggestive positions.
I believe Freud would enjoy evaluating this person to find out where such sexual deviance is rooted. The disrespect for all women as sexual objects only is not surprising but disturbing to any woman who reads the site. A source from Rwanda recently stated that, “defamation, slander and demonization has always formed and indeed been part of Rwanda’s politics.” These are the qualities that the website prides themselves on.
What is it all for?
If Rwanda really seeks to clean up its media image, as reported in the opening link of this piece, they ought to take another look at The Exposer website. I don’t believe this is the image that the Rwandan Media wishes to put forth but their long history of media and political repression speaks for itself. The article calls for new media freedoms but when the ruling party rules out of fear then any freedom must be silenced. President Kagame stated in last year’s National Dialogue regarding this issue, “"I have been always forced to discuss the issue of media freedom in our country and I have always (unwillingly) done so because it's one of 'their' demands for donation."
Aspiring to be a free press nation is one thing but getting there will necessitate going through fundamental changes centered on ending media censorship. I am not sure the government of Rwanda is ready for this and as long as they support this kind of “gutter-journalism,” the goal post will always keep moving farther away.