IN AUGUST 2014, eight months into South Sudan’s still-raging conflict, some aid worker friends started telling me to get to Bentiu. That the tens of thousands of civilians crowded into the United Nations base on the town’s outskirts faced appalling conditions: food shortages, collapsed toilet blocks, and floodwater creeping into their makeshift homes.
News site The Intercept fired reporter Juan Thompson after discovering he faked quotes for his stories. Not only that, Thompson tried to cover his tracks by creating fake e-mail accounts, The Intercept said. The Intercept retracted one article and corrected four other articles, two from May and two from December 2015. The story that The Intercept retracted was from June 18, 2015 about Dylann Roof, who is accused in the mass shootings at Charleston, South Carolina’s Emanuel AME Church.The story claimed Roof’s cousin, only given the name Scott in Thompson’s story, said Roof “kind of went over the edge when a girl he liked started dating a black guy.” But, Roof’s family says there is no cousin by the name of Scott.
Which of these statements is true: a) Cricketer Hashim Amla turned down an interview with an ‘improperly dressed’ Indian female journalist and asked her to change her attire before he’s give her a soundbite, b) Amla pays a fine for not wearing the Castle Lager logo on his shirt, or c) None of the above. Welcome to the murky waters of ‘ethical journalism’.
To mark World Radio Day 2016 the Ethical Journalism Network has partnered with UNESCO to create a podcast to discuss the ethical issues that radio journalists face when covering conflicts, natural disasters and humanitarian crises.
In this podcast, our director, Aidan White, speaks to international correspondents and local radio journalists about their experiences covering earthquakes, typhoons, civil wars, genocide, elections and independence movements with a special focus on female journalists and the importance of women getting access to accurate information in these circumstances.
The podcast also discusses the Ethical Journalism Network’s five point test for hate-speech, which was launched as part of our campaign “Turning the page of hate” in Kigali in 2014 to mark two decades since the Rwandan genocide.
As part of World Radio Day UNESCO has translated the five point test into Arabic, Spanish and French and is encouraging radio stations round the world to download and print it as a poster to put the wall of their newsrooms.