Ethical Journalism Newsletter: January 16, 2015


Ethical Journalism News

Fox News Declares War On Responsible Journalism In Dangerous Tirade Against Muslims

The same day Murdoch tweeted his “blame all Muslims” missive, Fox News host Jeanine Pirro launched a seven-minute declaration of war that can only be described as dangerous hate speech. The Ethical Journalism Network’s five-point test for evaluating hate speech is meant to help journalists assess the inflammatory remarks of sources, but can be applied to Pirro as speaker.

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France Terrorist Attack News Coverage Shows Damage Of Foreign Bureau Cuts

The numerous errors and missteps in the reporting about the terrorist attacks in France underlined the impact of cutbacks in international bureaus for many news organizations, particularly U.S. television outlets. (via The Washington Times)

China Is Using ‘Charlie Hebdo’ to Justify Its Own Crackdown on Free Speech

On January 10, the day 1.5 million people filled Paris’s streets in solidarity against the terror attacks in that city, China’s official Xinhua news service published a self-serving editorial arguing that France’s free-wheeling media abetted the attack. (via New Republic)

Scottish Paper Accused Of Xenophobia And Racism In Story About Beggars

Ayrshire Post withdraws ill-chosen terms and publishes letters of complaint. (via The Guardian)

Attorney General Eric Holder Broadens Protections For Media

In a bid to shore up his legacy on press freedom issues as he prepares to leave office, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Wednesday that he’s making some changes news media organizations had requested to Justice Department policies on investigations involving reporters. (via Politico)

Arts Journalists ‘Breach Suicide Reporting Guidelines’, Say Researchers

Two academics carried out an analysis of arts reviews of recent UK exhibitions of the work of four artists who died by suicide: Van Gogh, Mark Rothko, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Arshile Gorky. They found that 100% of the 68 articles that mentioned their deaths had breached media guidelines by omitting information on sources of support for people affected by suicide. (via The Guardian)


Ethics of Reporting the Charlie Hebdo Killings and the Challenges for Journalists

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.

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