Journalism ETHICS in the news

News coverage of journalism ethics, with weekly postings


May 2009

Covering disaster: How far is too far?
RadioNetherlandsWorldwide
(5-14-2010)
Interview with young crash victim: Invasion of privacy or a good story?

Setback for press in North Iraq
NY Times (5-18-2010)
Murder of a young journalist sparks angry protest by Kurdish reporters

Journalist quits over "self-censorship"
TheNutGraph/Malaysia (5-19-2010)
Malaysian TV producer leaves job, campaigns to end political interference in media

"Flash stars" -- real or fake?
Christian Science Monitor (5-18-2010)
Fake viral campaigns are flooding the Internet


Citizen journalists in closed societies
Zawya.com/Dubai (5-12-2010)
Arab Media Forum attracts 2000 participants, explores power shifts & citizen media

New "Charter for Journalist Ethics" tested
Georgian Times/Georgia (5-10-2010)
In post-Soviet Georgia, media council sanctions TV host for allowing anti-gay statements

Journalists shield law fails in Canada
Toronto Star (5-13-2010)
Canadian high court rejects legal protection of sources

Magazine watchdogs news on Supreme Court nominee
Vanity Fair (5/11/2010)
Vanity Fair spotlights Wall St Journal's use of 17-year-old photo of Elena Kagan


March 2009

Saudi journalists form club for support, protection
Arab News/Saudi Arabia (3-19-2010)
Media professionals in Saudi Arabia ask govt permission for "Jedda Club"

China: Reporters must learn Marxism
Associated Press/Bejing (3-11-2010)
Chinese government to rein in media, enforce "Communist Party discipline."

ABC's checkbook journalism
National Public Radio (3-19-2010)
ABC News under fire for $200K payment to defendant Casey Anthony

Thai ethics code follows Aussies
Phuketwan/Thailand (3-20-2010)
Phuket Island media group adopts Australian ethics code for publications

Turkish media in "identity crisis"
Today's Zaman/Turkey (03-02-2010)
UNESCO-sponsored conference looks at democratization pressures on media in Turkey, Balkans

Ethics in a new-media world
The Independent/UK (03-01-2010)
UK Journalism professor lauds independent media's role as government watchdog.

"Legacy media" should listen
Univ of Southern California News (03-01-2010)
J-school host talk on the changing face of news; education as a two-way road

Let Haiti tell its own story
The Digital Journalist/International (March, 2010)
Prize-winning photographer argues for local control of visual narrative.



February 2009

Editor questions media tactics
Sofia Echo/Bulgaria (02-20-10)
Coverage of child abuse case in Bulgaria: A tangle of law, ethics, and privacy.

Blogger dogs strange plagiarism case
BlueOregon (02-23-10)
Politician "borrows" speech on climate change from two newspaper editorials

New chair has "preoccupation with ethics"
CTV/Montreal(02-19-10)
Quebec Press Council chooses John Gomery, retired judge & government critic, as new president

Delhi minister: Report both sides
MyNews/India (02-20-2010)
Chief Minister Sheila Dakshit hope new journalists avoid "negativism" and bias


Burmese dissent - via Norway
Journalism.co.uk (2-8-2010)
Democratic Voice of Burma: Scandinavian radio an outlet for independent journalism

Conflict and objectivity
New York Times (02-06-2010)
TImes' bureau chief has son in Israeli military: Can father's coverage be objective?

UAE court fines TV station
Reuters India/Dubai (2-02-2010)
Al Arabiya fined $27K for failing to air interview with Saudi prince

Bribing reporters in China?
Global Times/China (02-02-2010)
Mining disaster highlights pressures on Chinese journalists


Should Filipino journalists carry guns?
The National/Philippines (2-1-2010)
After Nov. 09 massacre of 31 reporters, "It’s not a question of ethics, it’s a question of protection..."

Reporter investigates peddling of medical "miracles"
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal/US (2-2-2010)
Bioethics meets media ethics: Report highlights companies' use of unwitting journalists (2nd in series)

Arab media face unique challenges
Gulf News/Dubai (2-1-2010)
International Federation of Journalists official looks at changing face of media in Arab world



January 2009

Will economic liberalization lead to "paid news?"
NetIndian/New Delhi (1-28-2010)
As Indian markets grow, so does the danger of purchased reporting, Vice President Ansari tells news groups.

Subpoenas withdrawn against bloggers
WiredNews (1-01-2010)
TSA apologizes for "strong-arm" tactics in probe of security info leak

Dubai court fines TV station
The Peninsula/Qatar (1-01-2010)
Al Arabiya TV charged with ethics breach for failing to air interview with Saudi prince

Ethics workshop in Bhutan
Kuensel Online/Bhutan (1-01-2010)
Journalists wrestle with law, ethics & public interest in 3-day workshop



December 2009

NBC blasted for "checkbook journalism"
The Canadian Press (12-30-2009)
Journalist group denounces NBC's payment for jet travel in Brazilian custody dispute


Facebook covers Copenhagen
Climate Pool/Facebook
Reporters collaborate on Facebook to report climate change

High marks on tough stories
PhilStar/Philippines (12-16-2009)
NGO: Filipino news does better ethical reporting on child trafficking

Free online classes @ BBC
Guardian/UK (12-14-2009)
"BBC Academy" lets journalists teach the public and competitors

Ownership and objectivity
New York Times/US (12-13-2009)
NY Times columnist examines rightward tilt at Wall St. Journal


Media conglomeration in Chile
Inter_Press_Service (12-03-2009)
Chilean journalist writes of press freedom versus press consolidation

News & business move closer in Dallas
Editor & Publisher (12-/03-2009)
Reorganization at Dallas Morning News changes local news chemistry

Newspaper Association: We need innovation
Hyderabad, India (12-05-2009)
World Association of Newspapers wrestles with shrinking audiences, new demands

Nigerian press act repealed
Guardian/UK (12-04-2009)
Abike Dabiri-Erewa discusses why her recent bill is generating so much debate.



November 2009

17 journalists among 52 killed
Manila Bulletin (11-25-2009)
On the eve of elections, as massacre in the Philippine countryside.

UN to consider speech freedom
Christian Science Monitor (11-24-2009)
As UN prepares to debate "religious defamation", poll says Muslim nations want more limits on speech.

Critic of Chinese government jailed
Sydney Morning Herald (11-25-2009)
Activist exposes govt culpability in earthquake deaths; gets 3 yrs in prison.

Iran releases Canadian reporter
YnetNews/ Israel (11-23-2009)
Newsweek reporter set free after 4 months; accused of spying.

Government or self-regulation?
Saturday Post/Zambia (11-07-2009)
Zambian media holds government to account; Parliament debates bias and regulation

Ethics & news-industry partnerships
New York Times (11-05-2009)
Newsweek claims industry-sponsored news forums no conflict, but ethicists disagree

Media in India gaining money, power
The Hindu/India (11-05-2009)
New Delhi workshop on "Parliament and the Media" examines money, conflict, privilege

7th Journalist slain in Mexico
International Press Institute, Austria (11-04-2009)
Drug cartels send a deadly message; IPI calls for urgent action by Mexican government



October 2009

Guards nab reporter's phone, camera
News Today/Philippines (10-20-09)
National Union of Journalists condemns harassment of photographer at governor's mansion.

Twitter in the court!
The Australian (10-19-09)
Federal judge in copyright case lets reporters "tweet" stories from courtroom.

Pentagon to permit war photos
Congressional Quarterly/US (10-20-09)
Military lifts month-old ban on photographs from the war in Afghanistan.

Stricter TV rules ahead?
Daily Star/Bangladesh (10-20-09)
Bangladesh government hints at "minimum standards" for broadcast ethics


NPR guidelines for social media
National Public Radio (10-15-2009)
Reporters' expanding use of social media prompts new guidelines for NPR employees

Rome: Huge rally for press freedom
Guardian UK (10-10-09)
Italy's Berlusconi under fire for press intimidation; EU Parliament to discuss media pluralism.

New disclosure for online US ads
Miami Herald (10-12-09)
FTC mandates transparency in Internet ad traffic: An ethicist's view.

Turkish court rules against journalist
Today's Zaman/Turkey (10-06-09)
Citing privacy invasion, Istanbul court issues fine & jail sentence for reporter's use of quotes in terror group story.


Fiji censorship troubles press group
MediaNewsline/New Delhi (10-02-09)
Int'l Fed of Journalists to Aussie group: Don't hold meeting where censorship prevails.



September 2009

Press ban lifted in Sudan
ReutersAfrica/Khartoum (09-27-2009)
Editors still cautious, but Sudan's president lifts official news ban after years of censorship.

Ethics and the ACORN sting
Los Angeles Times/US (09-23-2009)
Politics, ethics, and guerrilla video...just the beginning?

Turkish govt fines media group $2.5 billion
Zaman/Turkey (09-27-2009)
Conglomerate Dogan Media receives huge tax fine for concealing profits; some allege political vendetta.

AP Afghan war photo sparks debate
Mindanao Examiner(09-26-2009)
Controversial photo of dying US soldier prompts ethical musing — among Asian photojournalists.


Publisher issued summons for anti-Chavez remark
Latin American Herald Tribune/ Venezuela (09-21-2009)
Outspoken critic of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez summoned by prosecutors; may not appear

Can activists be good journalists?
Bikya Masr/Egypt (09-21-2009)
Online editor questions objectivity of citizen journalists who report on their own causes.

Obama: Democracy needs unbiased news
Toldeo Blade, Ohio (09-20-2009)
President tells reporters: Journalism ethics essential in new media environment.

Reporting a coup is risky business
PacificScoop.co.nz (09-21-2009)
Two student journalists examine volatile history, urge accountability for Fiji media.

Journalist's rescue turns tragic
Telegraph/UK (09-10-09)
Times reporter rescued but four others killed: The unique dangers of reporting from Afghan war zone.

Dilemma for NYT tech reporter
New York Times/US (09-05-09)
Tech columnist writes software manual and then reviews it - conflict of interest?

Cuban bloggers offer alternative news
Committee to Protect Journalists (09-10-09)
CPJ analysis shows vibrant growth of 'citizen journalism' in Cuba.

Will new code stifle coverage?
MMEGI Online/Botswana (09-10-09)
Online newspaper in Botswana slams restrictions on broadcast  coverage of elections.



August 2009

Tabloid tale spurs boycott
SwedishWire (08-23-2009)
Free press issue? Stockholm tabloid's sensational charges provoke Israeli boycott of Ikea.

PR firm screens reporters
Stars and Stripes (08-24-2009)
Pentagon hires Rendon Group to determine reporter bias before embedding in Afghanistan.

Employee-owned news?
VICnews.com (08-19-2009)
Canada's CHEK-TV workers may buy station to keep it in business; new $ model raises new questions.

Jakarta bomb coverage
Jakarta Globe (08-20-2009)
Government blames media for helping terrorists spread fear.

Freetown journo warns colleagues
AllAfrica/Concord Times, Sierra Leone (08-13-2009)
Chair of journalists group calls on reporters to heed ethics, resist being "used" by politicians.

NYT firing sparks ethics talk
Center for American Progress (08-13-2009)
New York Times fires econ columnist Ben Stein, highlights industry conflicts of interest.

Ethics training in Bangladesh
AsiaMedia/TheDailyStar, Bangladesh (08-11-2009)
Program on standards helps Bangladeshi journalists navigate new information rights law.

Volunteer press critics
The Gazette/Montreal (08-13-2009)
Quebec Press Council wants citizen volunteers to help review media ethics complaints.



July 2009

"One Newspaper, Many Checkbooks"
Poynter Institute (07-28-2009)
New business model raises new ethical question: Do financial contributions skew objectivity?

Terrorist trial by media?
Jakarta Post/Indonesia (07-26-/2009)
Indonesian journalist: Coverage of Jakarta bombings reckless & irresponsible

Politicians "play" reporters
The New Vision/Uganda (07-27-2009)
African leaders switch roles with journalists at "peace hub" gathering, question negative coverage.

Cronkite and credibility
Hindustan Times/India (07-29-2009)
Broadcast editor urges journalists in India to follow the late anchor's example.

Al Jazeera in West Bank
AlJazeera English/Qatar (07-19-2009)
Palestinian govt. readmits Al Jazeera but promises legal action.

China coverage biased?
Toronto Star (07-17-2009)
Western coverage of ethnic fighting claimed to be incorrect and inflammatory.

WP ombud's blog
Washington Post (7-10-2009)
Ethicists & editors weigh in on health care pay-to-play flap.

Press corruption in Liberia
AllAfrica.com (7-14-2009)
Truth & Reconciliation Commission slams Liberian media and recommends overhaul.

J-ethics & privacy
Reuters/London (07-13-2009)
Aggressive NewsCorp tactics prompt call to redefine "public interest"

Unanimous vote ousts union
Jerusalem Post (07-12-2009)
Int'l Federation of Journalists kicks out Israeli union for non-payment; ousted members protest

Gotcha entertainment?
New York Times (07-13-2009)
New NBC "terror-catchers" show raises ethical questions for network, producers

Ethics & undercover news
Malaysian Bar/Malaysia (7-13-2009)
Checking on rumor that church was converting Muslims, Al-Islam reporter partakes in Catholic ritual


Washington Post: Not alone?
Fredericksburg.com (07-03-2009)
The Post is taking the heat, but it's not the only news organization soliciting cash from corporate interests.

Covering Mexico's drug trade
Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas (07-01-2009)
Knight offers free online course for reporting on illegal drug traffic



June 2009

New ethics code for Bahrain
Gulf Daily News (06-29-2009)
Journalist Assn counters news bias & corruption with help from NYTimes

J-school on YouTube
Financial Post/Canada (06-29-2009)
New "Reporters Center" brings mainstream news instruction to citizen journalists

News about journalist delayed
New York Times/US (06-29-2009)
NYT & Wikipedia suppressed story of Taliban kidnapping for 7 months

J-ethics and social media
Editors Weblog/USA (06-19-2009)
Twitter's role in Iran crisis: How American j-schools are adapting.

Despite GreenDam, censorship thwarted
AlJazeera English/Qatar (06-21-09)
Citizen journalists in central China spread word of protest on video.

Portrait of reporting from Burma
Shan Herald (06-22-09)
Burmese journalists navigate professional & ethical land mines

New law muzzles journalists
MmegiOnline (06-22-09)
"Media Practitioners Act" under fire in Botswana for targeting journalists


Reporter ethics v. police demands
Belfast Telegraph (06-12-09)
Judge may soon force Irish journalist to hand over evidence of IRA interviews.

Microblogging & news
Mediashift/PBS (06-08-2009)
Aussie reporter examines Twitter's impact on working journalists.

UK saga continues
MailOnline/UK (06-09-2009)
MP expense scandal: Focus shifts from government ethics to media ethics.

Facebook: public or private?
Internetnews.com (06-10-2009)
Reporter's Facebook comment draws reprimand from AP bosses.

Students launch indy media
The Daily Star/Lebanon (6-2-09)
Lebanese students frustrated with mainstream news.


First ombud for Nigerian papers
Guardian/Nigeria (6-1-09)
Print association hires former judge.



May 2009

Cairo conference on Arab media
AlBabawaba (5-30-09)
Harvard Alumni conference looks at media's growing role in Arab world.

Professor warns of new tech risk
Miami Herald/USA (5-26-09)
Wasserman: Will Twitter et al keep journalists chained to the screen?

Indian official decries "paid news"
The Hindu/News Update (5-22-09)
Chair of India's press council calls on journalists to uphold ethical standards, resist trafficking in "disinformation"

Privacy vs right to know on NPR?
National Public Radio (5-22-09)
NPR declines to 'out" gay politicians via movie review: NPR ombud explains the dilemma

UAE Assn will protect "ethical" bloggers
Emirates Business (5-27-09)
President of UAE Journalists Association: organization welcomes bloggers who follow ethical guidelines.

Ethics & the MP expense scandal
Expatica.com (5-23-09)
UK Daily Telegraph's explosive story about lavish spending by Parliament is raising eyebrows -- and ethical questions.

Pakistani broadcasters discuss ethics
Associated Press/Pakistan (5-6-09)
Will media self-regulation help fledgling democracy in Pakistan?

Reporters' poverty bad for J-ethics?
Philippine Information Agency (5-6-09)
Senior journalists caution young reporters about ethical standards.



April 2009

News vs marketing @ Chicago Trib
Chicago Sun Times (4/30/09)
55 Trib staffers challenge management via e-mail

Moroccan bloggers adopt ethics code
magharebia.com (4-30-09)
New association defends Internet publishing rights.

"Crooked tracker" story sparks ethics debate
journalism.co.za - (4-17-09)
TV station exposes business competitor without disclosing financial interest.

NewsCorp creates "news-sharing" unit
Reuters (4-14-09)
Owner of Wall St. Journal, MySpace, Fox News to bundle newsgathering.

Press Council declines added power
Jakarta Post (4-2-09)
Indonesian council will remain "ethics watchdog."

Can responsible journalism foster peace?
Associated Press of Pakistan (4-15-09)
NGO panel says media ethics are key to peaceful India-Pakistan relations.

"Crooked tracker" story sparks ethics debate
journalism.co.za - (4-17-09)
TV station exposes business competitor without disclosing financial interest.

NewCorp creates "news-sharing" unit
Reuters (4-14-09)
Owner of Wall St. Journal, MySpace, Fox News to bundle newsgathering.

Press Council declines added power
Jakarta Post (4-2-09)
Indonesian council will remain "ethics watchdog."

Can responsible journalism foster peace?
Associated Press of Pakistan (4-15-09)
NGO panel says media ethics are key to peaceful India-Pakistan relations.


New editorial policy for JAMA
Economist.com (03-26-09)
Medical journal JAMA muzzles whistleblowers with new editorial policy

Nyasa Times publishes false story
journalism.co.za  (03-31-09)
Malawi newspaper under fire over false report


Belarus Association of Journalists
BelPress (03-27-09)
Who will write new ethical rules for journalists?



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