In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings and this senseless waste of life, journalists and media have been fiercely divided on the topic of how to show offensive and graphic material.Yet we can make different decisions and still be ethical. Good editorial judgment is the principle to apply; this is not a matter of censorship.
Routinely publicizing hate speech and images can lead to a “can-you-top-this” situation where provocateurs produce increasingly offensive material for news media to lap up and redistribute, accusing them of censorship when they fail to bite. We don’t want to fan such flames. (via The AP)
Press freedom campaigners condemned the presence of world leaders attending the unity rally in Paris on Sunday who have poor records on human rights and the free press in their home countries. Reporters Without Borders singled out leaders from Egypt, Turkey, Russia, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as being responsible for particularly harsh environments for journalists. (via The Guardian)
American comedian Aziz Ansari launched a Twitter hashtag #RupertsFault to ridicule media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s comments that Muslims should be “held responsible” for the attacks at Charlie Hebdo and the Kosher supermarket in Paris. (via Global Voices)
NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn appointed Elizabeth Jensen, a veteran media and business reporter, to be the organization’s next Ombudsman/Public Editor. Jensen will begin her three-year appointment on January 26, serving as the public’s representative to NPR, responsible for bringing transparency to matters of journalism and journalism ethics. (via NPR)
For Gawker Media to compete, evolve, and grow, our commitment to create a self-operating ecosystem must involve a commitment to diversity throughout all departments of the company, but especially in edit. It is an ambitious and important endeavor — and will no doubt be essential to our survival as a leading independent media entity — so it is crucial we understand growth in terms of racial, sexual, and gender diversity. (via Poynter)
The Press Club Brussels Europe invites to a meeting to discuss together with Aidan White, director of the Ethical Journalism Network, on the “Ethics of reporting the Charlie Hebdo killings and the challenges for journalists”. All journalists are warmly invited to attend. The meeting will be held on Monday 19th January 10.30 am – 12.00 am Press Club Brussels Europe.