22nd May 2015
By Stefanie Chernow

Ethical Journalism Newsletter: May 22nd, 2015


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News and Debates

Turning the page of hate in Africa: Final statement from Tanzania workshop

The participants from East African meeting at the Turning the Page of Hate conference, held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on May 12-13th 2015, declare their support for the campaign against hate speech and urge journalism and media leaders in Africa to work together in a renewed effort to strengthen quality journalism to be practised in safe conditions across the continent.

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African media determined to turn the page of hate

This article was originally given as a keynote address by the Federation of African Journalists President, Mohammed Garba, at the workshop on “ Turning the Page of Hate” held in Tanzania.

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Countering extremism and hate speech in the age of social media

For the billions of people who have never been online, many of whom will join in the coming decade, social media platforms still represent both real opportunities and real threats. Myanmar offers an interesting glimpse at what can happen when a society, long isolated, is suddenly brought online in the age of social media. (via Religion News Service)

What it’s like to be hated online in Russia today

Nina Nazarova, a reporter at the Russian magazine Afisha, published a small collection of fascinating interviews with four public figures who have played major roles online and in the news in Russia. Each of these people has faced intense harassment on the Internet and in ordinary life, and their stories serve as revealing accounts of what it’s like to be prominent and hated on the RuNet today. (via Global Voices)

Troll uses Twitter adverts to spread hate speech

Promoted tweet from fake account purporting to be that of Australian feminist campaigner inserts transphobic content into Twitter users’ timelines. (via The Guardian)

Global news organisations agree to share climate change content

The Guardian, El País, Le Monde and China Daily are among 25 publishers aiming to raise awareness in the runup to the next UN summit. (via The Guardian)

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(Not) By the book: On NPR authors and NPR airtime

NPR changes its policy when it comes to using the news organisation as a platform to promote projects which will enrich staff personally. (via NPR)

In Egypt, editor accused of publishing false news

“In the event that journalists or news outlets make a mistake, there should be plenty of means of redress that do not involve throwing someone in prison,” said Sherif Mansour, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator. “Furthermore, criminal accusations against a journalist are unlikely to solve any genuine security problems facing Egyptian authorities.” (via The Committee to Protect Journalists)


Challenges For Independent Media 2014

Cambodian Center for Independent Media

This report highlights the key findings of the recent survey of Cambodian journalists and examines notable developments and challenges within the Cambodian media industry in 2014, ending with a number of recommendations for improving and expanding the independence of Cambodian media in 2015 and beyond.

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The Jerusalem Press Club: Freedom of the Press Conference 2015


EJN panel on 25 May at 14:00
Are there Limits to the Freedom of the Press?

Following the murderous attack on Charlie Hebdo, which left 11 journalists and a French policeman dead, the lead cartoonist of the magazine declared that he will stop using Mohammed in his cartoons. Short of terror against journalists on one hand, and limitless freedom of the press from the other hand, is there a middle way, where press freedom and sensitivity to religious feelings can be balanced?

Aidan White, Director of EJN, Ethics in Journalism Network

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World Association of Newspapers Congress

Washington, D.C.

EJN panel on 2 June at 12:30
Working Lunch with the Ethical Journalism Network
Is Paid for content overwhelming journalism? How do we protect editorial independence and retain public trust?

Moderator: Aidan White, EJN Director

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Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference 2015


Speakers will share strategies for locating documents and gaining access to public records, finding the best stories and managing investigations.

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The Master of Science in Communication Studies: Journalism and Media in Europe

The Master of Science in Communication Studies: Journalism and Media in Europe takes a critical and interdisciplinary look at the role of journalism and media in European societies. The Master looks at journalism and media from an economic, political-ideological and policy perspective. It pays attention to the impact of recent economic, political and technological developments on journalism and media. The Master zooms in on media and journalism in a European context, looking comparatively at journalism across Europe and at journalism in the context of European integration. It makes optimal use of Brussels with its range of European and international institutions and the many media, journalism and communication professionals working in and around those institutions.

Apply before June 2nd on the VUB website.

Call for applications for positions of fact-checkers

Panos South Asia (PSA) believes in the need to strengthen accountability in politics and journalism in Nepal and across South Asia as an effective way to consolidate democracy. It therefore is setting up a fact-checking website to encourage transparency and accountability in politics and media. Apply before June 5.