Building Trust In the New World of Information


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Aidan White - Ethical Journalism Network

CMPF Summer School 2013 for Journalists and Media Practitioners

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Building Trust In the New World of Information

  1. 1. Ethical Journalism Network Building Trust In the New World of Information Aidan White
  2. 2. Who we are A coalition of media professional groups from Europe and around the world committed to building trust in media and promoting principles of ethical journalism, good governance and self-regulation in the digital age
  3. 3. Human Beings are Ethical Animals Society is based on respect for rights. These rights are set out in international conventions and standards. Humanity’s code of conduct: • Universal Declaration of Human Rights • Convention on Civil and Political Rights • European Convention on Human rights
  4. 4. Ethics and Journalism Journalism, too, has conventions and standards. These are set out in codes of conduct agreed at national and international level. There are more than 400 codes. See Codes-of-Ethics
  5. 5. Ethical Journalism is not Free Expression • Journalism is not free speech, it is constrained expression. •It works in a framework of values. •It has purpose. •It is a public good.
  6. 6. Values That Constrain Ethics: truth, independence, impartiality, humanity and accountability… Other Constraints: Internet, Changing Industry, Journalism Under Threat in a World of Free Expression
  7. 7. Hate Speech and Media SEXPAND
  8. 8. Islamophobia on the March A mob of wild-eyed men yelling, presumably taken during anti-US protests in the Muslim world over the infamous Innocence of Muslims Film in 2012. Did this reflect a widespread anger within the Islamic community worldwide?
  9. 9. An online response… Snow rage…
  10. 10. Shop rage…
  11. 11. Market rage….
  12. 12. Child rage….
  13. 13. But these are also out of context: how do we find the balance between image and reality in the world of open information?
  14. 14. Tell the Story in Context Truth, Independence, Impartiality, Humanity and Accountability Avoid a Rush to Publish
  15. 15. Monitor for Change: Audience and Media •Rebuild Ethical Base of journalism •Seek Industry Commitment to change •Review and self-regulate
  16. 16. Building Trust • Journalism shapes the norms and values of society • It must be accountable . Traditionally we have two forms of regulation • A) Legal structures for broadcasting • B) Voluntary structures for the press • Challenge of Regulation in the Digital Era • As media converge – should regulation be centralised to cover content across all platforms?
  17. 17. Principles of self-regulation 1. Internal • Mission statement • Code of Conduct • Good governance • Respond to concerns and complaints 2. External • Industry-wide system of self-regulation • Politically independent • Mix of professional and public representation
  18. 18. EJN at Work Pakistan: Ethical Audits and a Culture of Respect. Egypt: Self-regulation and Solidarity Indonesia: Model Press Councils for Asia Africa: Focus on Hate Speech Europe: Pluralism and Media Rights Studies: Does self-regulation work? Paid journalism. Setting Standards for Online Journalism.
  19. 19. Trust