Roj Ava Mah Amardad, 1378 Yz.
Several of my friends have called me to ask whether I was going to respond to a couple of articles published in Jame Jamshed weekly over the last two weeks, attacking my article on prohibition of donation of body parts after death.
I strongly believe that every individual has the right to hold an opinion, specially if it does not correspond to my own views on the subject. In an age where religious learning is almost non-existent, my writings and articles are to be used as tools to arrive at a decision after considering the facts as given in our religion. I do not have any hold over an individual and nor can I say that my view is the only view, although I definitely believe that my view is the RIGHT view from the point of our religion and its pristine teachings.
So I have really no motivation to respond to people who have written to the Jame criticising my view on organ donation.
But I am most disappointed by the role of Jame Jamshed in this matter.
My article on Organ donation which appeared in Jame Jamshed was LIFTED FROM THIS BLOG AND PUBLISHED BY THEM WITHOUT MY PERMISSION OR KNOWLEDGE.
Any self respecting publication would FIRST ASK an author before using his material from a web site which is COPY RIGHTED and NOT in public domain. But Jame, which for months ran a disgusting and smear filled campaign against traditionals and favouring total liberals who had suddenly become traditionals on the eve of the Parsi Punchayet elections, received a strong slap on its face through the verdict. After the election results were announced, Jame suddenly realised that it did not have anything worthwhile to print! In its haste to fill up its pages, it is likely that they came across the Frashogard blog and picked up this article and printed it, with the knowledge that they could rake up an issue where none existed.
In this unholy haste, they discarded all norms of journalistic ethics (not that they had much in the first place) and blatantly printed my article without my knowledge and permission. When I read the Jame of that week I was most surprised to see my article in print. I immediately sent them an email through their own website, pointing out that they had used a copyrighted article without the author’s permission and that they should mention this fact in the next issue. I also pointed out that the article on organ donation was incomplete without the next posting on blood donation and transfusion which should also be published by them to give Jame readers a full and fair view of the whole subject.
But Jame has ignored my mail and instead published letters criticising my article without mentioning that the article was printed without the author’s permission!
I am disappointed that a paper as reputable and as old as the Jame has resorted to this type of behaviour, which is not only a violation of journalistic ethics but is also not reflective of good Parsi behaviour.
Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram