Ethical Journalism Newsletter: April 21, 2015


Ethical Journalism News And Debates

The media could make us care more about migrants

The immigration debate boils down to this: “Some people have had the misfortune to have been born in a country where they are under threat from poverty, civil war, drought, religious intolerance, etc. I have been lucky enough to have been born in a country where these things are rare. I have no desire to share my good fortune, so they will have to put up with what fate has dealt them.”

Is this your view? How many of us would be happy to answer yes? (via The Guardian)

Behind 60 Minutes’ decision to air video of sarin gas victims in Syria

Sunday evening, CBS News’ 60 Minutes aired what it said was some of the most disturbing and graphic video it has ever put on television. The report by anchorman Scott Pelley called “A Crime Against Humanity” focused on the 2013 sarin gas attack that killed more than 1,400 Syrian civilians — 426 children died in the attack just outside of Damascus. Sunday evening, 60 Minutes aired more than three minutes of video captured by cell phones of adults and children suffering seizures, vomiting and gasping for air. The video was interspersed with an interview of a survivor of the attack and an inspector for Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. (via Poynter)

Defending the right to offend

Perhaps the biggest tragedy in the West today is the fact that freedom of speech is no longer a right that we can take for granted. It is now a privilege available only to those with armed security. (via The World Post)

Election coverage: fewer than one in five politicians featured are female

Analysis of election coverage in TV and national newspapers shows that just 14% features female politicians, despite three parties being led by women (via The Guardian)

Academic research: ‘Huge growth’ in fact checking by the media

As some wring their hands about a decline in newsroom resources and quality, there’s a “huge growth” in fact checking in the coverage of politics, according to a new academic study. (via Poynter)

IOM joins forces with UK partners to tackle negative perceptions of migrants

IOM has joined forces with the United Kingdom’s Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), which coordinates the Movement Against Xenophobia (MAX), in its UK-wide “I Am An Immigrant” poster campaign. The campaign aims to humanize the debate on migration and highlights the vital contributions migrants make to society in the run up to the UK General Election in early May. (via the International Organization for Migration)

Charlie Hebdo attack: Sky cleared over clip of police officer’s murder

Media regulator rules that broadcaster ‘appropriately limited’ footage of Ahmed Merabet’s death during attack on satirical magazine in January (via The Guardian)