16 March 2017

INSIDE ETHICS BLOG: Does neutrality mean indifference?

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.


The Ethical Journalism Network's Aidan White is among the judges for a new migration reporting award launched by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).
Deadline for applications: 9 April 2017

Islam for journalists (and everyone else)

'Most American journalists probably know little about covering Islam accurately, fairly, ethically and contextually amid rising levels of xenophobia, hate speech and “fake news” in the U.S., but help is on the way', writes Magda Abu-Fadil in the Huffington Post about Lawrence Pintak and Stephen Franklin's revised and expanded second edition of “Islam for Journalists (And Everyone Else)”.

News Literacy Thoughts from Dan Gillmor

"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?"

Breaking News

Kyle Pope, editor of the Columbia Journalism Review asks how the media should respond to a hostile US administration and more importantly how can they gain the trust of the vast numbers of people who think they are hopelessly biased.

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.
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.


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 to promote fair media reporting, exchange best practices between journalists, reflect on extreme narratives and hate speech around migration.

For information visit the EJN website.


Apply to be one of the 25 attendees here.


Newsrooms should follow two simple rules for reporting on women’s bodies (CJR)

The facts on why facts alone can’t fight false beliefs
(The Atlantic)

UGANDA: Ruling against journalist's attacker a rare victory for press freedom (Amnesty)
First-ever census for freelance journalists working in Spanish (Knight Center)
US: Is journalistic solidarity savvy or short-sighted? (CJR)
US: Lessons From the Fake News Pandemic of 1942 (Politico)
US: Is Trump lacking 'media literacy' (CNN)
News Literacy Working Group; Initial Thoughts (Dan Gillmor/Medium)
HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s Worker News wins award for series debunking myths about refugees (HKFP)
MYANMAR: This Is What Happens When Millions Of People Suddenly Get The Internet (BuzzFeedNews)
FRANCE: BuzzFeed France’s lead fake-news debunker Jules Darmanin (DIGIDAY)
GERMANY: Axel Springer chief rules out helping Facebook detect fake news (FT)
IRELAND: Should journalists always protect their sources? (Irish Times)
UK: British media suspicion of child refugees goes back to the 1930s (The Conversation)
UK: Publishers: genuine news media is the best defence against fake news (WAN-IFRA)
On 10 January 2017 the EJN published Ethics in the News, which looks at how media covered the UK vote to leave the European Union, the Trump election and the influence of fake news. We hear about the assault on free expression in Turkey, and the information war between India and Pakistan. The report examines the rise of hate speech, particularly in Asia, including a glossary for hate in Hong Kong. In Africa, we learn about the EJN’s ‘Turning the Page of Hate campaign. Media are warned that there is no honour in the so-called “honour killings” in Pakistan. We also hear about the success of the Panama Papers and get advice on how to deal with sources from the journalist that helped Edward Snowden reveal the secrets of United States’ global surveillance and snooping. It also features a thoughtful examination of how we use images to tell stories about migration.

New Translations of Hate Speech Test and Migration Coverage Guidelines

The EJN's 5-point test for hate speech is now available in: HungarianRomanian, Russian and Spanish

The EJN's Migration Reporting Guidelines in
HungarianRomanian, Russian and Spanish.

Download both infographics in more languages
from our website. 

If you would like to support the Ethical Journalism Network by translating our guidelines into you language contact Tom Law:

Visit the Accountable Journalism database of codes of media ethics

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