Ethical Journalism Newsletter: October 24th, 2014


Ethical Journalism News

Crime Bill Amendment Could End Police Use of Ripa Against Journalists

Police officers would no longer be able to access journalists’ phone records to identify their sources without permission from a judge under a amendment proposed to the serious crime bill tabled on Thursday. The amendment follows increasing concerns among civil liberties campaigners and the newspaper industry that the police and other authorities are exploiting a loophole in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) to access private information such as phone records without judicial authorisation. (via The Guardian)

BBC Will Track Links Removed Under Google Right to be Forgotten, Calls for Appeals Process

The BBC will now list articles Google granted the “right to be forgotten” on its website. By doing so, the BBC can bring attention to articles that people wanted removed from the search engine. The decision to track publicly articles that Google granted the Right to Be Forgotten was announced last week by David Jordan. (via iMediaEthics)

Michael Brown Case: Leaks in Ferguson, St Louis, Police Shooting Inquiry Stir Public Outcry

New details from the inquiry into Michael Brown’s August 9 death – all provided by unidentified sources and which seem to support Officer Darren Wilson’s story of what happened that day – have emerged in St Louis and national news outlets in recent days. Chris King, Managing Editor of the St Louis American, said “the editors of these powerful publications have shown a lapse in judgment and ethics that is not only shameful, but actually dangerous. We declare a mistrial in the court of public opinion.” (via Sydney Morning Herald)

The Ethics of Your Right to Know

Within the past few years, questions have arisen with respect to the ability of a news organisation to request and obtain the freedom of information requests made by other news organisations. Is it ethical to request and obtain a competitor’s requests? Can the requests justifiably be withheld? (via iMediaEthics)

Chicago Sun-Times Reporter Quits Claiming Political Interference by Owner

An experienced journalist with the Chicago Sun-Times has resigned after an extraordinary sequence of events that imply editorial interference by the newspaper’s owner. Dave McKinney quit after being pulled from his reporting beat, claiming that it was an instruction to his editor by the “bosses.” (via The Guardian)

Would Terrorism Disappear Without Media Coverage?

Ever since 9/11 it seems an important and significant amount of media attention has been solely reserved for that most indefinable of terms, ‘terrorism’. Terrorism and the media have a symbiotic relationship, without attention a terrorist act remains confined to it’s immediate victims. However, with the oxygen of publicity from the media and with intention of sating public demand for information and sales, this coverage can actually result in effective propaganda for the perpetrators of such acts. (via Huffington Post)

GamerGate has Nothing to do with Ethics in Journalism

Starting a dialogue around the ethics of covering the gaming industry is a worthwhile discussion but not in the context of Gamergate, a movement hiding its obvious misogynistic undertones behind a veil of campaigning for journalistic integrity. (via