4th February 2016
By Stefanie Chernow

Ethical Journalism Network Newsletter – 9 February 2016


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What’s missing from newspaper coverage of migration? The migrants…

New study discovers that too few national press articles include migrant voices.

Read the full article here. (Guardian)

The thorny ethics of embedding with do-gooders

IN AUGUST 2014, eight months into South Sudan’s still-raging conflict, some aid worker friends started telling me to get to Bentiu. That the tens of thousands of civilians crowded into the United Nations base on the town’s outskirts faced appalling conditions: food shortages, collapsed toilet blocks, and floodwater creeping into their makeshift homes.

Read the full article here. (CJR)

The Intercept Fires Reporter for Fabrication, Retracts Dylann Roof story

News site The Intercept fired reporter Juan Thompson after discovering he faked quotes for his stories. Not only that, Thompson tried to cover his tracks by creating fake e-mail accounts, The Intercept said. The Intercept retracted one article and corrected four other articles, two from May and two from December 2015. The story that The Intercept retracted was from June 18, 2015 about Dylann Roof, who is accused in the mass shootings at Charleston, South Carolina’s Emanuel AME Church.The story claimed Roof’s cousin, only given the name Scott in Thompson’s story, said Roof “kind of went over the edge when a girl he liked started dating a black guy.” But, Roof’s family says there is no cousin by the name of Scott.

Read the full story here. (iMediaEthics)

UK newspapers the Mirror and Daily Mail have since deleted the story from their websites.

Read the full story here. (iMediaEthics).

Amla and the sport reporting mistruths

Which of these statements is true: a) Cricketer Hashim Amla turned down an interview with an ‘improperly dressed’ Indian female journalist and asked her to change her attire before he’s give her a soundbite, b) Amla pays a fine for not wearing the Castle Lager logo on his shirt, or c) None of the above. Welcome to the murky waters of ‘ethical journalism’.

Read the full story here. (Biz Community)

How journalists can protect their mental and emotional health while covering traumatic events

Covering tragedy, grief and victims is at the heart of what journalists do. For many, there is a personal price to pay, especially in regions where violence is part of the landscape.

Read the full article here. (IJNET)

Europe’s refugee story has hardly begun

With a million new refugees expected in Europe this year, Greece faces a diplomatic onslaught and an existential crisis.

Read the full article here. (Guardian)


News organizations standing up for the safety of media professionals

On Friday 5 February the Ethical Journalism Network took part in UNESCO’s Paris conference “News organizations standing up for the safety of media professionals” – which brought together media leaders and diplomats from around the world.

The best social media coverage of the event:

UNESCO International Conference: ‘News organizations standing up for the safety of media professionals’

Ending Impunity Together – national campaigns to fight impunity

Protection of journalists – the way forward

News coverage of the event:

Big Media ‘must do more’ to protect journalists (Centre for Freedom of the Media – CFOM)

Dying for the News: Media Call for Help from Gov’t and Public against Attacks (Inter Press Service)

Safety Guide for Journalists: A handbook for reporters in high-risk environments (Relief web)

IPS joins in the call to enforce international law to protect journalists (Inter Press Service)

Symposium on safety of journalists seeks to preserve press freedom (UN radio English)

Cilla Benkö: “Journalists must be able to carry out their work in safety” (Swedish Radio English)

Media Leaders Urge Stronger Protection for Journalists (Voice of America VOA)

Media Leaders Urge Tougher Protection for Journalists (Associated Press)


World Radio Day: How to cover natural disasters and conflicts ethically

To mark World Radio Day 2016 the Ethical Journalism Network has partnered with UNESCO to create a podcast to discuss the ethical issues that radio journalists face when covering conflicts, natural disasters and humanitarian crises.

Listen to podcast here.

In this podcast, our director, Aidan White, speaks to international correspondents and local radio journalists about their experiences covering earthquakes, typhoons, civil wars, genocide, elections and independence movements with a special focus on female journalists and the importance of women getting access to accurate information in these circumstances.

The podcast also discusses the Ethical Journalism Network’s five point test for hate-speech, which was launched as part of our campaign “Turning the page of hate” in Kigali in 2014 to mark two decades since the Rwandan genocide.

As part of World Radio Day UNESCO has translated the five point test into Arabic, Spanish and French and is encouraging radio stations round the world to download and print it as a poster to put the wall of their newsrooms.

Radio stations are also being encourage to download and broadcast the Ethical Journalism Network podcast on and before World Radio Day on 13 February 2016.

Listen to podcast here.