Ethical Journalism Network Newsletter – 28 January 2016



Global survey shows “huge increase” in trust in the media

A global survey by PR firm Edelman has found a “huge increase” in levels of trust that British people feel towards traditional media. Its ‘Trust Barometer’, a survey of over 33,000 people globally, and over 1000 people in the UK, found that university educated individuals with higher incomes felt a big rise in trust of the media – up 14% this year to 52%, compared with those on lower incomes whose “trust score” in the media was 40%. Ed Williams, Edelman UK CEO discusses the findings, and Natalie Fenton, Professor of media and communications at Goldsmiths College & Director at campaign group Hacked Off, considers how consumption habits are changing the way we perceive media brands.

Listen to the podcast here. (BBC Radio 4 Media Show)

Media freedom in Poland

The EC is debating a new law in Poland, feared to be compromising the editorial freedom of public service broadcasters. Last Thursday, President Duda signed a new media bill, giving the government direct control over top appointments at the country’s TV & radio stations. The bill had been condemned by press freedom organisations. Steve is joined by Polish journalist Bartosz Wielinski, from newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, and Ingrid Deltenre, Director General of the European Broadcasting Union, which has opposed the bill from the outset.

Listen to podcast here. (BBC Radio 4 Media Show)

The Guardian is now calling native ads ‘paid content’

When it comes to its native advertising, The Guardian is finally calling a spade a spade.

Read the full article here. (DIGIDAY)

The UK’s alternative Press Regulator

Impress, the alternative press regulator to IPSO, will today sign up to the Press Recognition Panel – which was set up following parliament’s creation of the royal charter on press regulation. Since its inception in 2013, Impress has failed to gain any members – at present, three major publishers of national titles – the Guardian, Independent and Financial Times – have not signed up to regulation by either Ipso or Impress. Walter Merricks, the chair of Impress, joins Steve Hewlett to announce the six publishers the regulator now has on board.

Listen to the podcast here. (BBC Radio 4 Media Show)

Knight News Challenge winners focus on data and transparency

Knight News Challenge winners focus on data and transparency.

Read the full article here. (Neiman Labs)

Guide for Refugees in Germany Mocked as How Not to Instruct Foreigners

Faced with the task of integrating hundreds of thousands of newcomers into German society, government agencies, private foundations and the state broadcast network have all been looking for ways to explain the country’s history and traditions to refugees in easily understandable public information campaigns.

Read the full article here. (New York Times)

Daring human smugglers use social media to lure migrants fleeing Syria

A crackdown on smuggling Syrian migrants from Turkey to Greece has pushed the human trafficking business underground and onto social media, often with deadly results: At least five more migrants died making the journey Tuesday. Despite the risks of hypothermia and drowning, Syrian refugees fleeing to Turkey to escape a civil war are willing to pay steep prices to smugglers who have become increasingly aggressive in their advertising and other tactics to boost profits.

Read the full article here. (USA Today)

Denmark has voted to confiscate valuables: here are all the other ways Europe has dehumanised refugees in the past year

Denmark’s parliament voted a controversial bill into law on Tuesday that will confiscate refugees’ valuables as part payment for the services they will receive as asylum seekers.

The bill had broad cross-party support, despite sharp criticism from many quarters and a warning from the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) that the policy violates international human rights laws. There are reports that some refugees crossing into Germany and Switzerland are also having their property seized at the border. Sadly, the move to confiscate personal valuables is just one of many rights violations that people undertaking perilous journeys to escape war and persecution in Syria, Afghanistan and several other places face.

Read the full article here. (Independent)


Moving Stories – International Review of How Media Cover Migration

The View from Brussels: Missed opportunities to call the European Union to account

Bulgaria – A study in media Sensationalism

Italy – A charter for tolerant journalism: Media take centre stage in the Mediterranean drama

Turkey – Media under the government’s thumb and migrants in a legislative limbo

United Kingdom – How journalism plays follow-my-leader in the rhetoric of negativity

Australia – In a nation of migrants the media faces its own identity crisis

Brazil – Where politics takes precedence over the people who make it

China – An inside story: China’s invisible and ignored migrant workforce

West Africa: The Gambia – Desperate young take the backway to an uncertain future

India – How missing facts and context is toxic for media coverage

Lebanon – Lebanon’s media put humanity in the mix as the refugee crisis takes hold

Mexico – Shallow journalism in a land where political bias rules the newsroom

Nepal – Information gaps fail to keep track of a country on the move

South Africa – Compelling tales of afrophobia and media selective blindness

United States – The Trump Card: How US news media dealt with a migrant hate manifesto