BAKED SWANS AND DROWNING REFUGEES: THE MEDIA SHOULD KNOW BETTER
When it comes to refugees, the media are getting away with gross violations of professional and ethical standards. At a time when xenophobic political discourses are on the rise, journalists have a double responsibility to commit to quality reporting.
[…] Research conducted by the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN) in 2015 found that news coverage is driven by political bias and opportunism when it comes to migration-related issues. The 100-page report detailed how news outlets are falling victim to the propaganda trap laid by politicians and dangerously straying away from their main role as information providers.
THIS IS DONALD TRUMP AT HIS LOWEST YET: A MAN HINTING AT MURDER
Donald Trump has long held that Hillary Clinton is stealing the election. But on Tuesday he suggested something even darker and more sinister: that his supporters resolve the issue with guns.
Specifically, he suggested that using the constitutional right to bear arms may be the only way to stop Clinton from appointing supreme court justices should she win in November. “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Trump said, before adding: “Although the second amendment people – maybe there is, I don’t know.”
The EJN’s Director, Aidan White, described “Trump’s ‘nod and wink’ incitement to violence and hatred” as “classic hate-speech — weasel words for a knowing audience.” For more on how to identify hate speech and how to report it read our five-point test.
NOT EVERYONE IS LAUGHING AT JOHN OLIVER’S RIFF ON NEWSPAPERS
The HBO star’s take on the newspaper industry’s woes touched a nerve, on both sides of the Atlantic.
REPORT: BBC MUST END ‘HE SAID, SHE SAID’ APPROACH TO COVERAGE OF GOVERNMENT STATISTICS AND SCRUTINISE CLAIMS
The BBC Trust has commissioned an impartiality review into how the corporation presents facts and figures in its news stories. It said its presenters should be in a better position to challenge numbers, especially when interviewing guests. “We came across many examples where statistics were used erroneously or in misleading ways by guests on programmes and were not challenged by presenters,” the report said. And it said that audiences were unsatisfied with statistical claims being pitched against one another in a “he said, she said” format “without providing any kind of ‘refereeing’ voice”.
SEVERAL SOUTH AFRICAN NEWSPAPERS MUST APOLOGIZE TO EDITOR WHO WAS FIRED AFTER NELSON MANDELA COVERAGE
Alide Dasnois, an editor for the Cape Times (South Africa) was fired in late 2013, after she did not put the news of Nelson Mandela’s death on the front page of the newspaper. Instead, the news of Mandela’s death was “contained within a four-page wrap-around tribute,” South Africa’s Business Day Live reported, as had been planned well in advance.
Now, long after her dismissal, several newspapers published by the Cape Times’s parent company must apologize for their stories about her firing and her settlement with the company.
NEW ETHICAL JOURNALISM NEWSLETTER LAUNCHING THIS MONTH
Later this month the Ethical Journalism Network is launching a revamped version of the Newsletter.
The Ethical Journalism Bulletin will now be sent once a week on Thursday’s at 1200 GMT.
Our new website will also be launched in the coming weeks. If you have any feedback on the newsletter or ideas for our new website please contact or Director of Communications and Campaigns, Tom Law. [email protected]