Ethical Journalism Newsletter: February 6, 2015


Ethical Journalism News And Debates

More Cartoon Trouble as EJN Plans Palestine Journalism Programme Targeting Hate Speech

Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority, accused the paper of a “grave mistake” over publication of a cartoon which was innocuous by comparison with Charlie Hebdo’s controversial portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed but which some readers thought depicted the Prophet. The cartoonist, Muhammed Sabaaneh, told the official Palestinian news agency Wafa that his drawing, of a robed figure standing on a globe and dispersing seeds of light from a heart-shaped purse, was not of the Prophet Mohammed. “It was a symbolic figure for Islam and the Muslim’s role in spreading light and love for all humanity,” he said.

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After Charlie the Continuing Battle to Combat Hate and Intolerance

What has the media community learned from the Charlie Hebdo cartoons? EJN Director Aidan White writes the three immediate lessons: That free expression is more complicated than we think, that context and perspective are essential for reporting, and journalism can act to limit hate speech.

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Fox News Explains Why It Showed Jordan Pilot Video

Fox News executives say they’re carrying out their duties as journalists. Others, however, are appalled at their decision to air the video of a man who was burned alive. (via The BBC)

In Black and White, Illustration Sparks Reader Concerns

The piece was powerful, making the point that “men who are eventually arrested for violent acts often began with attacks against their girlfriends and wives.” But for some readers, dismay at the illustration which followed the old and deeply problematic trope of showing the innocent victim as a woman with a lily-white face and the perpetrator as a man with a black face and body, overwhelmed their reaction to the article itself. (via The New York Times)

Most US Investigative Journalists Fear Their Government Spies On Them

Survey reveals that 64% believe the government has ‘probably collected data’ on their work. (via The Guardian)