19 January 2017
The Trump era begins

Ahead of the inauguration of Donald Trump as US President on January 20th, media are still trying learn the lessons from a bruising campaign. To understand how we got here and some thoughts on how to navigate covering Trump and his fellow "post-truth" populists, I would strongly recommend reading Bill Orme's excellent piece for Ethics in the News

Ethics in the News in other languages
Thanks to our colleagues at EJO, Carta di Roma, and FNPI you can also read about the report in German, Italian and Spanish:

We have also had interest to translate the report itself into other languages. If you would like to help us with this, or just republish sections of the report in English, then please get in touch.

Huge thanks to our supporters
In 2016 we were able to translate our hate speech test and migration reporting guidelines over 30 times thanks our supporters.
You can find them all here. And that was was just one way that our community helped us over the year. 

Thank you so much for your support over the last year. We look forward to working with you in 2017 to further promote ethical journalism. We need it now more than ever.

Tom Law - EJN Director of Communications and Campaigns


The ethics of BuzzFeed’s decision to publish Trump-Russia memos


Towards a balanced narrative on migration in the Mediterranean

Brussels, 25 January 2017

Press Club, Rue Froissart 95

Next week a 17-country report on how media cover migration, compiled by the EJN as part of a European Union funded project, will be launched at the Brussels Press Club. The event will bring together policy makers, media managers and journalists, as well as migration and communication experts, to discuss how media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa report on migration. 

Get it touch for an advanced copy and the press release. 

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has negotiated with a major insurance company to unveil a new cost-effective insurance scheme covering all media workers without restriction in any region of the world – including war zones.
Reuters global chief calls for greater transparency in news reporting methods (The Drum)
Fake News – An Optimistic View (EJO)
70 per cent of global media chiefs think 'fake news' is good news for quality journalism (Press Gazette)
Facebook rolls out fake news filter in Germany (The Verge)
AFRICA: How to spot fakes and hoaxes online (Africa Check)
US: An open letter to Trump from the US press corps (CJR)
US: BuzzFeed publishes unsubstantiated Trump report, raising ethics questions (Guardian)
US: From Headline to Photograph, a Fake News Masterpiece (NYT)
US: Safety Advisory: Covering the US presidential inauguration and protests (CPJ)
US: Trump blasts the media during first press conference as president-elect (Poynter)
AUSTRALIA: & Daily Mail Flunk Reporting on Transgender People (iMediaEthics)
Journalists try range of models to battle press freedom challenges (CPJ)
PACIFIC: Renewed push for Pacific media ombudsman (RNZ)
SRI LANKA: Drone journalism: Ethics, regulations and guidelines (Sri Lanka Brief)
EU: Reda: ‘EU copyright reform would benefit fake news sites’ (EurActive)
GERMANY: Syrian refugee takes Facebook to court in Germany (DW)
GERMANY: Germany's plan to fight fake news (Christian Science Monitor)
HUNGARY: Hungarian filmed tripping up fleeing refugees is convicted (Guardian)
EGYPT: Journalists' Syndicate head: Egyptian press facing crisis with the state (Al-Monitor)
JORDAN: Threats to Independent Groups, Media Freedom (HRW)
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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 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 and Ukrainian. The test is already available in Arabic, English and French.

Visit the Accountable Journalism database of codes of media ethics

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