21st June 2016
By Stefanie Chernow

Ethical Journalism Network Newsletter – 21 June 2016


Refugee Week: How does the media cover migration?

The conclusions from many different parts of the world are remarkably similar: journalism under pressure from a weakening media economy; political bias and opportunism that drives the news agenda; the dangers of hate-speech, stereotyping and social exclusion of refugees and migrants. But at the same time there have been inspiring examples of careful, sensitive and ethical journalism that have shown empathy for the victims.

In most countries the story has been dominated by two themes – numbers and emotions. Most of the time coverage is politically led with media often following an agenda dominated by loose language and talk of invasion and swarms. At other moments the story has been laced with humanity, empathy and a focus on the suffering of those involved.

Read the EJN’s Moving Stories report here. (EJN)

Pew Research Center: State of the US News Media 2016

Eight years after the Great Recession sent the U.S. newspaper industry into a tailspin, the pressures facing America’s newsrooms have intensified to nothing less than a reorganization of the industry itself, one that impacts the experiences of even those news consumers unaware of the tectonic shifts taking place.

Read the full report here. (Pew Research Center)

New Journalism Ethics Code at RTDNA Canada

There’s a new ethics code available for journalists in Canada, effective July 1. RTDNA, Radio Television Digital News Association, recently released its new ethics code. The ethics code call for accuracy, fairness, independence, integrity, and respect.

Read the full story here. (iMediaEthics)

Samoan Newspaper Publishes Graphic Photo of Dead Transgender Woman on Front Page, Uses Wrong Pronouns

A Samoan newspaper The Sunday Samoan published a graphic photo of a woman’s dead body on its front page. The photo of Jeanine Tuivaiki, a transgender woman who died by suicide in a church, was under the headline “Suicide in Church Hall.” Adding to its transgressions, the Samoan used the wrong pronouns and gender when referring to Tuivaiki, who the paper said was “considered a transgender.”

Read the full article here. (iMediaEthics)

Source ethics: Sometimes we talk to bad people, and they have to trust us

Radiolab’s recent podcast The Buried Bodies Case is a brilliant piece of storytelling. The producers’ newsgathering; the choices of elements and how they are arranged; the tight editing and use of silence — all these make for a masterclass in longform narrative that any journalism student would benefit from exploring.

But it’s not that which prompted me to blog about it.


The content of the podcast is perhaps the best exploration of journalist-source ethics I’ve heard, without it actually being about journalists.

Read the full article here. (Online Journalism Blog)

Reporters Without Borders representative, two others jailed in Turkey

Authorities should immediately release and drop all charges against two human rights defenders and a journalist arrested in Istanbul, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court in Istanbul today ordered Erol Önderoğlu, the Turkey representative of the press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF), and two other people arrested on terrorism charges in connection with articles in embattled newspaper Özgür Gündem.

Read the full story here. (CPJ)

Morsi and Al Jazeera journalists sentenced for ‘spying’

Death sentences upheld for six defendants, as ex-president and aides receive 25-year jail term in controversial trial. An Egyptian court has handed down its final ruling in the trial of 11 people, including toppled president Mohamed Morsi and Al Jazeera journalists accused of leaking state secrets to Qatar.

Read the full story here. (Al Jazeera)


Albania’s Media: A Market Too Small To Survive?

Albania’s small population, combined with a high number of media outlets, have made the country especially vulnerable to the global economic crisis. The market is too small to survive the upheaval and over the last 12 months a number of major legacy newspapers and television channels have been forced to close.

Read the full article here. (European Journalism Observatory)

Is the BBC safe in Ofcom’s hands?

The recently-published White Paper, A BBC for the future: a broadcaster of distinction, outlines the government’s intentions regarding the BBC Charter –charter renewal being the moment when governments can legitimately change the terms under which the otherwise independent BBC operates.

Read the full article here. (Open Democracy)


European Conference Marking Statewatch’s 25th Anniversary

Civil liberties, the state and the European Union

10:00 – 17:00, Saturday 25 June 2016
Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 ( map)

For 25 years Statewatch has been working to publish and promote investigative journalism and critical research in Europe in the fields of the state, justice and home affairs, civil liberties, accountability and openness. We invite you to join us in London on 25 June 2016 at our Conference where there will be:

Workshops and discussions on the refugee crisis in the Med and in the EU; mass surveillance; the EU’s crisis of legitimacy and accountability; the policing of protest and criminalisation of communities; racism, xenophobia and the far right; strategies of resistance and the defence of civil liberties.


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Second European Media and Information Literacy Forum

The Ethical Journalism Network’s director, Aidan White, will be participating at the Second European Media and Information Literacy Forum in Riga, Latvia from 27 June 2016 – 29 June 2016. Watch the EJN’s Director, Aidan White, speaking at the first event in the series in Brussels here.

Read more information about the event here.

EJN Participating in Inaugural Aegean Summit in Athens, Greece- Creating an Annual Meeting Point for Independent Media Startups & Journalists: Europe, Mediterranean & MENA Cross-Border Collaboration

The Ethical Journalism Network’s director, Aidan White, will be speaking at the inaugural Aegean Summit in Athens on July 1st. The event hopes to become a forum for new and independent media in the Euro-Mediterranean & MENA with international speakers and participants.

The EJN will be participating in the session on the second day of the summit focusing on how migration & refugee crisis is being covered in the region’s media, referring to the findings from the EJN’s Moving Stories report on how media cover migration. The session will also explore how to work collaboratively to improve media literacy, responsible communications, tackle hate speech & intolerance, and strengthen self-regulation of independent media.

Read more about the event here.