12th April 2016
By Stefanie Chernow

Ethical Journalism Network Newsletter – 14 April 2016


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‘There are calls you have to make as a reporter’ – Ethical challenges faced whilst covering the refugee crisis

Simon Shuster, reporter for New York based magazine Time, explains the importance of balancing reporting duties with moral decisions when covering the crisis.

Listen to podcast and read the article here. (Journalism.co.uk)

Media and Migration

Military-humanitarian narratives of the Mediterranean migration crisis

Photojournalism is about humanising problems, not sensationalising them



Moving Stories

For more on the ethics of covering migration read our Moving Stories report:


Press Release | Foreword | Introduction | Recommendations


Romania: Reporter resigns amid pressure to link the refugee crisis with terrorist attacks

Reporter Mircea Barbu resigned from popular TV show, În Premieră Cu Carmen Avram, which runs on Antena 3, alleging that his superiors suggested that he make a connection between the refugee crisis, the terrorist attacks and Brexit.

Despite the fact that Barbu asked his name be taken off from the material, the report titled ,Europe At A Crossroads, aired on Sunday 27 March 2016 was attributed to him.

“I want to clarify that even if my name appeared on this reportage, the way the facts have been presented does not represent my personal or professional opinion (…). I don’t think there is a connection between these events that were exploited by the station in its sensationalism and chase of audience, disregarding deontology“, Barbu wrote on Facebook.

Read the full article here. (Mapping Media Freedom)

Morocco: ‘Neither slave, nor negro’

Moroccan NGOs launch anti-racism campaign to push authorities into addressing plight of migrants.

Read the full article here. (Al Jazeera)

For background on the EJN’s work on migration see our ‘Moving Stories’ report: Press Release | Foreword | Introduction | Recommendations

Ghana Journalists Association reviewing its code of ethics for first time since 1994

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) is in the process of reviewing its code of ethics for journalists in the country, in conformity with the emerging dynamics in media practice in the country. According to the GJA, the review had become necessary in the light of the proliferation of radio and television stations, newspapers, social media and allied media outlets, which has made the media landscape a complex one and difficult to manage.

Read the full article here. (GhanaWeb)

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Sri Lanka’s Press Code: Victims ‘polluted’ and ethnicity highlighted

In the liberal-democratic tradition, media, as the Fourth Estate, is supposed to play a significant role in society in terms of safeguarding the public interest and functioning as a ‘watch dog’ for government activities. To achieve this objective, it should adhere to a set of values to ensure that its reporting is accurate, fair and non-discriminatory. However, violation of those basic values through using sexist and discriminatory language has become normalised in the Sri Lankan media.

Read the full article here. (DailyNews)

Greece: When press freedom is threatened from within

The punishment of seven well-known journalists by the Athens Journalists’ Union (ESIEA) last week, because they supported a “Yes” vote in last year’s referendum, raises serious questions regarding press freedom in our country. As far as I know, it is the first time that ESIEA has punished members purely for their political opinions. This is one more dangerous step on the slippery slope that ESIEA has been on for the last few years regarding members that do not share its ideological beliefs.

Read the full article here. (ekathimerini.com)

We need to have joint investigations in South Asia to fend off the perils of competitive chauvinism and narrow definitions of nationalism

An article on the Panama Papers quoting the EJN, by The Hindu’s readers’ editor A.S. Panneerselvan, argues that there is a need for joint investigations in South Asia to fend off the perils of competitive chauvinism and narrow definitions of nationalism.

Read the full article here. (The Hindu)

Read the EJN article on the Panama Papers here.

The struggle of mobility: organising high-risk migration from the Horn of Africa

The current migration and refugee crisis across the Euro-African borderlands, particularly as represented via images of human suffering and loss of life, has attracted media, public and academic attention. Yet the language of humanitarianism continues to construct migrants as passive and disposable victims. Academic discourses regarding the political and security implications of border regimes often portray irregular migration practices – including the actions of human smugglers – as taking place in a vacuum. They focus primarily on the political implications of systems that shape extralegal mobility and border crossings as risky. This approach has ignored the complex and dynamic relationships that emerge between migrants and smugglers in the migration process.

Council of Europe adopts guidelines to protect journalists

The Council of Europe has adopted a set of guidelines aimed to ensure the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists in its 47 member states.

In a Recommendation supported by the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the Committee of Ministers – the organisation´s decision-making body – encouraged states to review their national legislation and practice concerning media freedom to make sure they are in conformity with the European Convention of Human Rights.

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland said: ”Journalists and free media play an essential role in any functioning democracy. They must be allowed to scrutinise those in power and expose corruption. It is our duty to defend freedom of expression and to protect journalists.”

Read the full article here. (EFJ)

A call for Australians to #vote4pressfreedom this election year

The Australian union of creative professionals is using the countdown to World Press Freedom Day to galvanize people around recent changes that threaten press freedom and the public’s right to know.

Read the full article here. (IFEX)


VUB: Ethical Journalism as an Inspiration for Free Expression

As part of the Ethical Journalism Network’s campaign to promote ethical journalism as an inspiration for free expression we are working with journalism, media and communication departments at universities to raise awareness about how to tackle the issues of hate-speech, propaganda and other challenges of the open information landscape. In the latest of these interactions with universities the EJN was invited to speak at the University of Brussels on 12 April.

Read summary of the event here. (EJN)

Summer School on Forced Migration and Asylum that will be held in Bologna, from 11th to 16th July 2016

he Ethical Journalism Network’s director, Aidan White, will be participating in the Africa e Mediterraneo and Lai-momo Summer School on Forced Migration and Asylum that will be held in Bologna, from 11th to 16th July 2016.

The Summer School, which received the support of several partners committed in the field of asylum and integration, will form a deep analysis of some fundamental issues associated with the current forced migration phenomenon paying specific attention to the importance of a methodological approach directed towards praxis. International experts, academics and professionals in the field will guide the participants during 5 days of intensive trainings spurring a fruitful debate and the sharing of experiences, best practices and perspectives, aiming to produce new knowledge and connections between the people involved in the field.

All details could be found in the Summer School website: www.migrationschool.eu

For further details please contact Marta Meloni: [email protected]