22 December 2016

Hate speech is growing in Arabic language media, according to the participants at a seminar organised by the Ethical Journalism Network, The American University in Cairo (AUC) and Egypt Media Development Programme (EMPD) in Cairo from 19-20 December 2016.

Hosted by the AUC’s Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, the seminar – the third in a series that have taken past in the last three years – resolved to find new ways to challenge hate speech across all platforms in Arab media.

The meeting reviewed a draft glossary of hate speech terms that has been developed over the last year by students studying at AUC’s journalism department under the guidance of Dr Naila Hamdy. 

Another key outcome from the meeting was that The American University in Cairo Journalism Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Jordan Media Institute will begin working together to monitor hate speech in Arab media. More details of the meeting and the hubs plans for 2017 to come in the New Year.

This week also saw a new campaign to fight hate speech in European media...

The European Federation of Journalists launched a Europe-wide campaign Media Against Hate, to counter hate speech and discrimination in the media this week featuring resources from the EJN:

"The media and journalists play a crucial role in influencing both policy-making and societal opinion on migration and refugees. As hate speech and stereotypes targeting migrants and refugees proliferate across Europe, balanced and fair media reporting is needed more than ever. Despite some good journalism practices and courageous journalists speaking out against hate, additional training and resources for media professionals and media organisations are needed in order for them to uphold ethical standards when reporting sensitive subjects.

A website will gather the latest news related to ethical standards, freedom of expression, media diversity and resources for media professionals and civil society organisations (CSO) to fight against hate in the media."


And finally, what you have all been waiting for! Just in time for Christmas we now have a way for supporters to donate to the EJN on our website. If you like me you have been receiving fundraising emails for the last few weeks, don't worry I won't be giving you all the reasons why you should support us now. That will come in the New Year when we publish our annual report...

Tom Law, EJN Director of Campaigns and Communications


Ethics in Virtual Reality

"A lot of folks in journalism are nervous about how it can be ethical when you can create the world in any way you want, you can make up anything you want in text or edit video in a weird way, but you don't, because we subscribe to ethics," Robert Hernandez, professor at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism tells

Speaking about Hell and High Water VR, an experience developed by his students that aims to prepare audiences for a coastal storm in Houston, Texas, he says: "ethics don't go away with a new piece of technology like virtual reality, so I am hoping that this piece helps move the industry forward to how VR can be used."


For International Migrants Day on 18 December we published Refugee Images – Ethics in the Picture which debates the ethical issues around picture of refugees. Read the report here.

AFRICA: The African Refugee Crisis Can No Longer Be Ignored (The Citizen)
BRAZIL: “Credibility Project” wants to distinguish quality journalism in Brazil in order to confront fake news wave (Knight Centre)
US: News organizations defend off-the-record event with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago (Washington Post)
US: Why’d You Do That? Running a Photo of a Killer on the Home Page (NYT)
INDIA: Rajdeep Sardesai Roars at Public Lecture on Media Ethics at Jindal University Event (IBI Times)
PAKISTAN: Pakistan's electronic media faces ethics questions (Al Jazeera)
HUNGARY: The Manufacture of Hatred: Scapegoating Refugees in Central Europe (Refugees Deeply)
GERMANY: German media wakes up to a nationalist resurgence (CJR)

MALTA: Speaker announces first paper on code of ethics for journalists (Malta Independent)
UK: Charity which helps minorities get into journalism facing closure threat after government funding cuts (Press Gazette)
EGYPT: Egypt's parliament approves legislation to form audio-visual media syndicate (Ahram Online)
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New Translations of the EJN 5-Point Test for Hate Speech

The Council of Europe, European Federation of Journalists, UNESCO, and other partners have helped us translate the EJN 5-point test for hate speech into 7 new languages including Albanian, Dutch, Indonesian, Macedonian, Serbian, Turkish, Ukrainian. The test is already available in Arabic, English and French.

Visit the Accountable Journalism database of codes of media ethics
Ethical Journalism Network releases new guidelines for migration coverage (IJNET)
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