Ethical Journalism Newsletter: May 8th, 2015


News and Debates

[Video] Is slow journalism a possible remedy for hate speech?

Journalists need time to reflect in order to process and ethically report the news. But in today’s world of instant information, is slow journalism a possible solution for fighting hate speech?

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[Video] Publishing offensive images and the right to know

Sometimes the need to publish offensive images outweighs the need to minimize harm. Yet during these cases it is especially important for journalists to put their reporting in context and be sensitive to how the coverage might play out in the long run.

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[Video] Stopping the republication of terrorism propaganda and reducing hate speech

How can news organisations report without being the mouthpiece of terrorist groups? EJN Board members discuss their limits on reporting hate speech.

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[Video] The EJN 5 point test for hate speech

In this short video, The EJN director explains the factors which makes some speech hateful: The status of the speaker, the content, the goals, the reach and the conditions of the speech.

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After Texas, is it ‘high time’ we ban Muhammad cartoons?

After the unnecessary violence at Charlie Hebdo and Pamela Geller’s “Muhammad Art Exhibit” in Texas, should publishing images offensive to Islam be illegal? (via Religion News Service)

NUJ condemns regulator’s decision on Katie Hopkins ‘cockroaches’ column

Dismay at Ipso’s ruling by journalists’ union, which says description of migrants whipped up xenophobia and hostility. (via The Guardian)

Without fact checking, ISIS’ messages go unchallenged

Media worldwide have at times exaggerated the strength of ISIS terrorists due to a combination of their use of social media and an inability of the press to do effective warzone fact checking. (via Poynter)


Turning the Page of Hate: Challenges for Ethical Journalism in times of Conflict

Dar es Salaam

Tanzania is organizing awareness training for media from 12th– 13th May 2015. The event is organized by International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) Tanzania Chapter (AWRTT) in collaboration with the Ethical Journalists Network (EJN) with support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs .

The main objective of the Turning the Page of Hate: Challenges for Ethical Journalism in times of Conflict workshop, which is carried out in the context of the Africa-wide campaign Turning the Page of Hate and the upcoming elections, is to help the journalism community push back against editorial practice that can reinforce stereotypes, incite intense hatred and violence, and ignore the reality of violence against women at work and home.

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