Ethical Journalism Newsletter: May 6th, 2014


Ethical Journalism News

Fear in the News: The Difference Between Self-censorship and Ethical Journalism

As the world of journalism celebrates World Press Freedom Day AIDAN WHITE says we must not get confused over what is self-censorship and what is sound editorial judgement.

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ONA Launches Crowdsourcing for DIY Ethics Code

The Online News Association has opened up crowdsourcing for our “do-it-yourself” ethics code project, aimed at helping news organizations, startups and individual bloggers and journalists create their own codes. The project’s operating principle: no single ethics code can reflect the needs of everyone in our widely varied profession.

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Turkey’s UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize laureate Ahmet Sik on #PressFreedom

Turkish journalist Ahmet Sik has been named the laureate of the 2014 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. He was honoured for his commitment to the defence of press freedom. (via WAN-IFRA)

Irish Media Ombudsman: How the Market Acts As A Press Censor

Press freedom is typically understood to mean freedom from state control. So far, so good. But perhaps it is also time to discuss the elephant in the room. This is the inescapable fact that, where the press is concerned, the power – the unacknowledged power – of the market is, if anything, greater than the power of the state, and that it is a power which needs to be seriously considered in any discussion of the freedom and the responsibility of the press. (via The Guardian)

Pro-Russia trolling below the line on Ukraine stories

Guardian moderators, who deal with 40,000 comments a day, believe there is an orchestrated pro-Kremlin campaign. (via The Guardian)

Reports & Resources

World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development

World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development, published by UNESCO , offers a new look at recent evolutions in media freedom, independence, pluralism and journalist safety. These areas are explored at the international level and with respect to gender and global media.

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Freedom of the Press 2014

Global press freedom has fallen to its lowest level in over a decade, according to the latest edition of Freedom House’s press freedom survey. The decline was driven in part by major regression in several Middle Eastern states, including Egypt, Libya, and Jordan; marked setbacks in Turkey, Ukraine, and a number of countries in East Africa; and deterioration in the relatively open media environment of the United States. (via Freedom House)


Asia Media Summit

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

6 – 8 May 2014: The 11th Asia Media Summit 2014 is organised by the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) and hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Information and the General Commission for Audiovisual Media.

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WAN-IFRA: 21st World Editors Forum

Torino, Italy

9 – 11 June 2014: The World Editors Forum gathers Editors-in-Chief from around the globe. The Forum provides news professionals with an annual meeting place to examine ethical challenges, learn about innovations in newsrooms and celebrate quality journalism and cutting-edge storytelling techniques. The Ethical Journalism Network will participate in two sessions on 10 June.

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