Ethical Journalism Newsletter: March 11, 2014


Ethical Journalism News

[VIDEO] Aung San Suu Kyi on Media Freedom and Responsibility

Nobel peace laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi spoke on March 9, 2014 in connection the East-West Center’s International Media Conference on “Challenges of a Free Press” in Yangon, Myanmar. (East-West Center)

A tribute to our colleagues on International Women’s Day

One the eve of International Women’s Day, INSI would like to pay tribute to all our female news media colleagues working in difficult and dangerous conditions around the world. We are committed to supporting them with information, advice and training to help them stay safe and do their much-needed work, whether that be shedding light on issues in their own communities for which they face threats and risk their safety or by telling the stories of conflicts and disasters overseas. (International News Safety Institute)

Ukrainian TV companies unite and write open letter to Russian media

Ukraine’s nationwide TV channels are broadcasting under a common logo, the flag of Ukraine, and a slogan in both Ukrainian and Russian: Yedyna Krayina/Yedinaya Strana (United Country). The initiative was launched on 2 March by Ukraine’s five major media groups – Media Group Ukraine, Inter Media Group, Starlight Media, 1+1 Media and 5th Channel. (The Guardian)

Censorship Instructions During China’s “Two Sessions”

Chinese government has issued censorship instructions during the “Two Sessions“ to Chinese media. The instructions, which have been leaked and distributed online, include: Do not report hearsay concerning high-level cadres, such as the news on March 2 about Zhou Yongkang; Keep a reliable handle on the developments in Ukraine. CHINA DIGITAL TIMES has translated the instructions into English. (Global Voices)

Slate’s good strategy for correcting errors on Twitter, elsewhere

Slate social media editor Jeremy Stahl employed a simple but effective strategy: he issued the correction as a reply to the original tweet. That’s why the correction begins “@Slate,” and it’s why it refers to the photo without having to show it again. The result is anyone viewing the original tweet can see the resulting correction in the stream of replies. (Poynter)

Business as usual on Page 3 as critics round on The Sun’s breast cancer campaign

The Indy also quoted Green MP Caroline Lucas – a high profile supporter of No More Page 3 – as saying: “I’m not sure why The Sun couldn’t encourage people to check their breasts without linking it to Page 3, which – far from being created to help women – makes objectification an everyday and damaging phenomenon.” (The Guardian)

Are Journalists Informing Sources About Possible Interview Fall Out?

Should journalists do more to inform sources of potential fallout from being interviewed? What are the real-world consequences for media subjects? The Canadian Association of Journalists’ Ethics Advisory Committee addressed these key questions in a new report about how journalists should handle interviews and informed consent. The discussion was chaired by University of Western Ontario journalism professor Meredith Levine. (imediaethics)

Reports & Resources

Professional Journalism and Self-Regulation: New Media, Old Dilemmas in South East Europe and Turkey

This book examines the implementation of media accountability mechanisms created, operated and followed by media professionals on a voluntary basis. It was officially launched by UNESCO at the Conference on Journalism Ethics and Self-Regulation in Europe, held on 27 January 2011 in Paris.

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EJN Report on Turkey Journalism Crisis: Journalists Plan Fightback over Politics and Media Corruption

After months of crisis, Turkish media are facing a critical challenge to rebuild editorial independence in the face of a corrupt system of ownership that has sacrificed ethical principles in the newsroom. A detailed report Censorship in The Park: Turkish Media Trapped by Politics and Corruption by the Ethical Journalism Network published today is an in-depth investigation into the self-censorship and threats to independent journalism during and after sweeping anti-government protests which took place across Turkey last year.

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East-West Center International Media Conference: Challenges Of A Free Press

Yangon, Myanmar

With Myanmar’s dramatic media reforms in the past two years, the international media conference in Yangon has been drawing a lot of enthusiasm and anticipation. The Ethical Journalism Network’s Director Aidan White spoke in the panel “Ethical Challenges for Journalism in the Digital Age”.

You can follow the events now on Twitter using the hashtag #eastwestmedia.

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IPI World Congress: Celebrating Freedom: Two Decades of Evolving Media

Cape Town, South Africa

This year, the International Press Institute (IPI) celebrates the 20th anniversary of its last Congress in Cape Town, on the eve of the historic all-race elections. They are gathering the stalwarts of press freedom from around the world to not only celebrate historical transformations (both in media industry and South Africa), but also to face the future, make the predictions and focus attention on new challenges and solutions for the media profession today.

EJN Director Aidan White will be speaking on a panel entitled “Media and the Unending Question of Ethics: A Look Towards Solutions” on Saturday, April 13th at 14:30.

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