22nd April 2014
By Stefanie Chernow

Ethical Journalism Newsletter: A 5 Point Test Of Hate Speech For Journalism

Ethical Journalism News

Director’s Letter: April 2014

An unprecedented commitment by African media leaders to work together to counter hate speech was made in Kigali on April 18th at the conclusion of the EJN’s first major initiative to strengthen journalism across the continent. The Kigali Declaration announced the launch of the campaign Turning the Page of Hate in Media, including plans for further activities in Uganda and South Africa in the coming weeks.

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Kigali Declaration

20th Commemoration of Genocide against Tutsi

We declare our support for the launch of an unprecedented campaign, Turning the Page of Hate Media in Africa, with the aim of promoting ethical, tolerant and inclusive journalism, good media governance and responsible communications across the open information landscape.

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Media Dialogue On Hate Speech in Africa: Speech by EJN Director

The threats of intolerance, hatred, and fear lurk everywhere. Whether it is a matter of race, tribe, religion, gender or cultural difference journalism has to show that we can embrace pluralism and respect for the other. When this happens ethical journalism can succeed in making sure that the tragedies of history both at home and abroad remain where they belong – in the past.

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Chicago Sun-Times Blocks Its Commenters For ‘Negativity, Racism and Hate Speech’

The world of Internet commenting offers a marvelous opportunity for discussion and the exchange of ideas. But as anyone who has ever ventured into a comment thread can attest, these forums too often turn into a morass of negativity, racism, hate speech and general trollish behaviors that detract from the content. (via iMediaEthics)

Found in Translation: When Misquoting Someone Is The Best Way To Be Fair And Accurate

When it comes to journalistic quotes there is a fine line between being accurate and being fair to the person speaking: the difference between quoting verbatim and conveying their point. When it comes to people speaking in a second language, or more precariously, conducting a conversation in another language and then translating the quotes, it’s barely a meniscus. (via The Guardian)

What’s the Point of the Pulitzers?

Do the Pulitzer Prizes still matter? Do they stand for anything except journalistic self-congratulation? The question comes up every year around this time. (via The New York Times)

Reports & Resources

Hate-Speech: A Five-Point Test for Journalists

Turning the Page of Hate in Media Campaign for Tolerance in African Journalism

The following five-point test of hate speech for journalism in context has been developed by EJN advisers and is based upon international standards. It seeks to highlight some questions in the gathering, preparation and dissemination of news and information that will help journalists and editors place what is said and who is saying it in an ethical context.

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Denying Genocide or Denying Free Speech? A Case Study of the Application of Rwanda’s Genocide Denial Laws

This case study seeks to address a specific aspect of Rwanda’s oppressive political climate: the use of criminal prosecutions under the country’s genocide denial laws to restrict free expression. (via The Journal Of International Human Rights)


Council of Europe: Honor of the Profession Conference on Actual Issues of Professional Journalism in Ukraine

Kiev, Ukraine

24 April: The “Honor of the Profession” is the annual journalist conference and award ceremony which was launched in 2010. This year the key theme of the event will be the quality journalism, ethics and professional standards in times of crisis. The EJN Director will give the keynote speech to open the event.

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Media and Human Rights Workshop

Doha, Qatar

27 April – 1 May: The Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights are pleased to work together to offer young journalists in the Arab region a workshop which covers the major issues connected to change, development, democracy, freedom of press and human rights. The EJN Director Aidan White will be giving a presentation on ethical journalism and human rights during this workshop.

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Open Journalism and the Open Road Ahead

Vienna, Austria

5 May: The Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media will hold a series of meetings among experts, policymakers and regulators touching on the practice and terminology of Open Journalism, legal issues, accountability and regulatory challenges.

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UNESCO World Press Freedom Day International Conference 2014

Paris, France

5 May – 6 May: During this year’s conference, the interrelated issues of the role of free media in strengthening good governance and effective institutions, the safety of journalists as a prerequisite element of the rule of law, and the issue of reporting and monitoring the progress of the sustainable development goals including access to information will be part of the discussion.

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