Ethics in journalism

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Ethics in journalism

Postby Kim OHara » Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:14 am

A statement I approve of enthusiastically, even while I gawp at its source ... a Murdoch?? :jawdrop:
Elisabeth Murdoch wrote:Elisabeth Murdoch has taken a swipe at her brother James and the ethics of her father Rupert Murdoch's media empire during a speech in Scotland.

Ms Murdoch, who was invited to give the keynote address at the Edinburgh Television Festival, said profit without purpose was a recipe for disaster, and the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World newspaper showed the need for a rigorous set of values

A successful television producer who was overlooked for senior jobs at News Corp that went first to her brother Lachlan and then James, she admitted giving the lecture was either a brave or mad move.

... Ms Murdoch has rarely spoken in public, despite her role as the founder of the successful production company Shine.

Referring to James's 2009 speech, she said his assertion that the only reliable, durable and perpetual guarantor of media independence was profit had fallen short of the mark.

"The reason his statement sat so uncomfortably is that profit without purpose is a recipe for disaster," she said, perhaps in an allusion to charges that News of the World journalists broke the law to produce ever-more salacious stories and maintain circulation.

"Profit must be our servant, not our master," she said, adding that colleagues needed to accept that they had a responsibility to each other and not just the bottom line.

"It's increasingly apparent that the absence of purpose - or of a moral language - within government, media or business, could become one of the most dangerous own goals for capitalism and for freedom."
[More at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-24/elisabeth-murdoch-takes-swipe-at-brother-james/4219376 ]

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Re: Ethics in journalism

Postby Hanzze » Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:11 am

Just read the title and thought: How could something that it selves generally not ethical, be ethical? Could be that I misunderstood the topic and it is actually journalism of journalism. So just reduced on the titel:

"Journalism is the investigation and reporting of events, issues and trends to a broad audience." (wiki) -> Intention?

"Abandoning divisive speech he abstains from divisive speech. What he has heard here he does not tell there to break those people apart from these people here. What he has heard there he does not tell here to break these people apart from those people there. Thus reconciling those who have broken apart or cementing those who are united, he loves concord, delights in concord, enjoys concord, speaks things that create concord.

from Samma Vaca


Hence something like "ethical journalism" would be something like propaganda...

How ever, no need to read and no real benefit to write so that your mind would be directed in a thicket of ideas, "realities" and views. See for your self. No need to fear.
Just that! *smile*
...We Buddhists must find the courage to leave our temples and enter the temples of human experience, temples that are filled with suffering. If we listen to Buddha, Christ, or Gandhi, we can do nothing else. The refugee camps, the prisons, the ghettos, and the battlefields will become our temples. We have so much work to do. ... Peace is Possible! Step by Step. - Samtach Preah Maha Ghosananda "Step by Step" http://www.ghosananda.org/bio_book.html

BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_
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