What does neutral journalism mean when the issues at stake are fundamental ones of democracy or humanity? Thomas Kent, formerly standards editor of The Associated Press, is now president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. In this piece - Does neutrality mean indifference? - he looks at this question from the standpoint of RFE/RL and the Western media in general.
Fake news is a scourge spread with lightning speed thanks to social media. In this guest article for Clear Europe, Ethical Journalism Network Director Aidan White explains how journalists – and others who use social media platforms to share information – can avoid spreading lies, misinformation and dubious claims. The full version of this article can be found in Ethics in the News– the EJN's recent report on challenges for journalists in the post-truth era.
Cartoon: credits to Jack Ohman for Sunshine Week, The Associated Press.
"Can we make it un-cool to spread other people’s lies on social media? Should Facebook, Google, SnapChat, and Twitter embed tools of truth in their users’ feeds? Should journalists be vastly more transparent about how they operate? Should every public school be required to help kids learn how to be critical thinkers, and use media with integrity?"
On Tuesday 7 March, the EJN's Tom Law was part of a panel discussing journalism, refugees, migration and media misrepresentation at the London College of Communication to mark the first year of the Refugee Journalism Project. Read the review here.
JOURNALISM UNDER FIRE
The Ethical Journalism Network's director Aidan White will participate in a panel discussion on media ethics as part of “Journalism under fire: challenges of our times” which will take place at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris on 23 March 2017.
MIGRATION, RACISM, FAKE NEWS
The EJN will be taking part in a training organised by the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the Croatian Journalists’ Association as part of the Media Against Hate project.
The event, in Zagreb, Croatia on 26-27 May 2017 aims topromote fair media reporting, exchange best practices between journalists, reflect on extreme narratives and hate speech around migration.