Ethical Journalism Newsletter: February 13, 2015


Ethical Journalism News And Debates

The Web of Deceit: Can Journalism Survive the Internet?

Most journalists would agree that cyberspace is not everything it could be, but Andrew Keen, a veteran of Silicon Valley, goes further. He says it has become a dangerous place for everyone except power-hungry capitalists and snooping governments and the rest of us are its victims.

Continue …

Arrested Turkish TV Chief Writes An Open Letter From His Jail Cell

This powerful video animates Hidayet Karaca’s letter from jail to the free world and highlights the deep problems in Turkey’s media. (via The Guardian)

A Triple Murder Doesn’t Make the NewsHour

The NewsHour online reports about the killing of three young Muslims in North Carolina. But the story doesn’t make the nightly broadcast. The ombudsman disagrees with that call. (via PBS)

African Media Initiative and United Religions Initiative – Africa Join Forces to Fight Hate Speech

The African Media Initiative (AMI) and United Religions Initiative – Africa (URI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to counter violent extremism, radicalization and terrorism in Africa and to combat hatred, prejudice, intolerance and stereotyping on the basis of religion and culture. (via Hiiraan Online)

News Organizations Reveal New Freelancer Safety Guidelines

“A Call for Global Safety Principles and Practices” presents seven basic standards for freelance journalists on dangerous assignments, including first aid and hostile environment training, securing medical insurance for conflict zones or areas of infectious disease and the importance of having appropriate protective gear, such as vests and helmets. It also lays out a parallel set of seven basic standards for news organisations who commission them, assigning them a “moral responsibility” to “support journalists to whom they give assignments in dangerous areas, as long as the freelancer complies with the rules and instructions of the news organisation.” (via The Rory Peck Trust)

Reports & Resources

Thomson Foundation Publishes New Study On Media Self-regulation In Kosovo

The Thomson Foundation today published “Setting Standards – Public Awareness and Effectiveness of the Independent Media Commission and Press Council of Kosovo”, a new study that looks at public perception of media regulation in Kosovo and proposes new ideas on how to strengthen the Independent Media Commission (IMC) and Press Council of Kosovo (PCK) as guardians of media standards and promoters of press freedom in the country. (via The Thomson Foundation)