29th December 2015
By Stefanie Chernow

Ethical Journalism Network Newsletter – 4 January 2015


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Happy 2016!

Welcome back to the Ethical Journalism Network newsletter after a short break over Christmas and New Year.

Our first newsletter of 2016 starts with some of the best articles written about our International Review of How Media Cover Migration, which was published to coincide with International Migrant Day on 18 December 2015, as well as some of the best articles on ethical journalism published over the last two weeks and some exciting opportunities.

Peace on earth, goodwill towards men (women and children), except if they’re migrants, refugees, or asylum seekers

Magda Abu-Fadil, the Director of Media Unlimited in Lebanon, writes about our Moving Stories report on Huffington Post Media.

Read the full article here. (Huffington Post)

Prejudice against migrants speaks 311 different languages


Peter Preston writes in The Guardian that scaremongering over refugees is common throughout the world’s media .

Read the full article here. (The Guardian)

Bigotry, panic reflected in media coverage of migrants and refugees

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From Bulgaria to Brazil, journalists reporting on the global migration and refugee crisis often fail to tell the full story, and regularly perpetuate negative stereotyping used by politicians looking to score points, research shows.

A study of media coverage in 14 countries said a lack of resources and journalists able to provide indepth and sensitive reporting contributed to a distorted picture of the refugee crisis – one of the biggest global stories of the year.

Read the full article here. (Reuters)

Or read it here. (Daily Mail Online)


Watchdog slams US media for coverage of refugee crisis, immigration

Uncritical coverage of anti-immigrant rhetoric has contributed to growing xenophobia, report says.

Read the full article here. (Al Jazeera America)

The militarization of the press in Syria

Jason Stern, the Committee to Protect Journalist’s Middle East and North Africa Research Associate, reviews the case of Ahmed Abu al-Hamza who was one of 90 cases researched by CPJ of journalists who reportedly died while covering the Syrian conflict this year.

Read the full article here. (CPJ)

Journalism & Ethics: The Struggles of Reporting Mental Health

Disregarding mental health stereotypes, one day at a time. This is a journalistic blog critically looking at how the general media report on mental health issues. It will also address the strong presence and influence that social media and user generated content have on developing coverage on the social issue. We will open topics for discussion on how we as a society can proactively develop how we tackle the sensitive issue that is mental health awareness. One day at a time.

Read the full article on the Excuse Our Ignorance blog.



You can read the individual chapters of the report here:

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


The EJN Year in Focus:Terrorism, Hate-speech, the Refugee Crisis, and Looking Forward to 2016

It has been a testing year for journalism. It began with 10 journalists and cartoonists among those killed by terrorists in the unconscionable massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Within hours the EJN published an article advising journalists to defend free speech but also to lower the temperature, to eliminate hate speech and to avoid encouraging acts of revenge or abuse of Muslims. We called for “slow journalism” and for newsrooms to think carefully about how to handle the story.

The Paris events triggered much talk in media circles over free speech, self-censorship and ethical responsibility. And the EJN was at the centre of this debate. We published a second article urging journalists to rely on their codes and editorial traditions when reporting terrorism, to avoid propaganda traps set by media-savvy extremists and, above all, to tell the story with humanity.

Read the EJN director’s full report here.



The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute invites proposals from people and institutions to collaborate with RJI on ideas and projects that will help RJI understand and meet the information needs of individuals in their roles as citizens.

Find out more on the RJI website.


Open to all international journalists with two years experience at a journalism publication; fluency in English and at least one other language required. This fellowship provides two semesters of tuition, plus a stipend for study at one of the masters programs at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

Visit the NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute website to find out more.


Thomson Reuters Foundation is looking for investigative or financial/business journalists based anywhere in Africa to take part in a long-term scheme that will help them produce stories and investigations on the abuse of tax laws and illicit financial flows. The scheme involves intensive workshops, ongoing advice from experienced investigative journalists, and access to expertise and story leads. The deadline is the 11thJanuary 2016.

Journalists who speak English, French or Arabic can apply. Find out more at http://wealth-of-nations.org/