Ethical Journalism Weekly Roundup: March 11, 2014

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[VIDEO] Aung San Suu Kyi on Media Freedom and Responsibility

Nobel peace laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi spoke on March 9, 2014 in connection the East-West Center’s International Media Conference on “Challenges of a Free Press” in Yangon, Myanmar. (See the video by the East-West Center)

A tribute to our colleagues on International Women’s Day

One the eve of International Women’s Day, INSI would like to pay tribute to all our female news media colleagues working in difficult and dangerous conditions around the world. We are committed to supporting them with information, advice and training to help them stay safe and do their much-needed work, whether that be shedding light on issues in their own communities for which they face threats and risk their safety or by telling the stories of conflicts and disasters overseas. (Read the full article by the International News Safety Institute)

Ukrainian TV companies unite and write open letter to Russian media

Ukraine’s nationwide TV channels are broadcasting under a common logo, the flag of Ukraine, and a slogan in both Ukrainian and Russian: Yedyna Krayina/Yedinaya Strana (United Country). The initiative was launched on 2 March by Ukraine’s five major media groups – Media Group Ukraine, Inter Media Group, Starlight Media, 1+1 Media and 5th Channel. (Read the full article on The Guardian)

Censorship Instructions During China’s “Two Sessions”

Chinese government has issued censorship instructions during the “Two Sessions“ to Chinese media. The instructions, which have been leaked and distributed online, include: Do not report hearsay concerning high-level cadres, such as the news on March 2 about Zhou Yongkang; Keep a reliable handle on the developments in Ukraine. CHINA DIGITAL TIMES has translated the instructions into English. (Read the full article on Global Voices)

Slate’s good strategy for correcting errors on Twitter, elsewhere

Slate social media editor Jeremy Stahl employed a simple but effective strategy: he issued the correction as a reply to the original tweet. That’s why the correction begins “@Slate,” and it’s why it refers to the photo without having to show it again. The result is anyone viewing the original tweet can see the resulting correction in the stream of replies. (Read the full article on Poynter)

Business as usual on Page 3 as critics round on The Sun’s breast cancer campaign

The Indy also quoted Green MP Caroline Lucas – a high profile supporter of No More Page 3 – as saying: “I’m not sure why The Sun couldn’t encourage people to check their breasts without linking it to Page 3, which – far from being created to help women – makes objectification an everyday and damaging phenomenon.” (Read the full article on The Guardian)

Are Journalists Informing Sources About Possible Interview Fall Out?

Should journalists do more to inform sources of potential fallout from being interviewed? What are the real-world consequences for media subjects? The Canadian Association of Journalists’ Ethics Advisory Committee addressed these key questions in a new report about how journalists should handle interviews and informed consent. The discussion was chaired by University of Western Ontario journalism professor Meredith Levine. (Read the full article on imediaethics)


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