Ethical Journalism Network Newsletter – 8 January 2016



A year on from Charlie, Religious intolerance and the challenge of hate-speech remaim

A year after the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo , in which 12 people were killed, most of them journalists, the satirical magazine is still a source of confusion and controversy over free speech rights. In 2015 acts of terrorism by Islamic extremists – most recently in Lebanon, Egypt, Mali and, dramatically, a fresh series of attacks in Paris in November – provide ample evidence that the Charlie Hebdo attack was not an isolated incident of political barbarism.

Read the full article here. (EJN)

Charlie Hebdo: anniversary reveals more cautious French press

One year after one of the deadliest ever attacks on journalists, the debate over press freedom, self-censorship and ethical responsibility is constant. Have these attacks triggered a change in how journalists report on religion and acts of terrorism?

The article quotes EJN’s director Aidan White: “Living in an age of hate-speech, journalism is needed more than ever to counteract the drift towards intolerance and extremist violence.” Combating hate-speech will be high on the EJN’s agenda for 2016.

Read the full article here. (WAN-IFRA)

Free expression groups mark Charlie Hebdo anniversary

The International Press Institute (IPI) marked the one-year anniversary of the attack on the Paris offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo by joining with PEN International, its affiliates and 41 other free expression groups around the world in reaffirming a commitment to defend the right to freedom of expression.

Read the full article here, (International Press Institute)

Charlie Hebdo One Year On: Freedom of expression must be protected

The Charlie Hebdo attack, which left 11 dead and 12 wounded, was a horrific reminder of the violence to which journalists, artists and other critical voices are subjected in a global atmosphere marked by increasing intolerance of dissent. The killings inaugurated a year that has proved especially challenging for proponents of freedom of opinion.

Read the full article here. (Article 19)

Charlie Hebdo anniversary: free-speech groups unite in defence of ‘right to offend’

PEN International leads organisations around the world calling for awareness of ‘intense repression’ of writers and increased government surveillance in wake of atrocity.

Read the full article here. (Guardian)

Twitter Collection: First anniversary of Charlie Hebdo attacks


French police shot dead a man wielding a meat cleaver after he tried to enter police station on the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo militant attacks in Paris. On Twitter, commentators remembered last year’s events, responded to the day’s shooting and poked fun at Donald Trump for appearing to suggest that Paris was in Germany.

Read the full article here. (Reuters)


Moving Stories – International Review of How Media Cover Migration

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



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.




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