6 March 2017

INSIDE ETHICS BLOG: Checking facts is more important than ever as fake news becomes the refuge of the angry

The EJN recently met with journalists from the Turkey who are running a new Turkish fact checking and online news verification initiative and arranged for them to meet the Observer's readers' editor who wrote this blog following the meeting

Pakistan Launches Ethical Code for Journalists

On 24th February a national code of conduct for journalism in Pakistan inspired by a local ethical journalism group affiliated to the EJN and agreed by journalists across the country was launched in Islamabad was launched.
Freedom of the Media in W. Balkans

On 27 February, the EJN attended a high-level conference on press freedom and media ethics in the Western Balkans at Hofburg in Vienna organised in close cooperation with the Office of the OSCE Representative in Freedom of the Media.
Declaration on freedom of expression, “fake news”, disinformation & propaganda
Vienna was also the venue for the 2017 Joint Declaration on freedom of expression, “fake news”, disinformation and propaganda, which was issued last week. Read more about the declaration from its organisers; ARTICLE 19 and the Centre for Law and Democracy
A long-term project tracking migrants and refugees as they settle in Europe

The European Journalism Centre has launched The New Arrivals, a collaborative journalism project that brings together El País (Spain), The Guardian (UK), Le Monde (France) and Spiegel Online (Germany) to report on migration to Europe.

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The EJC press release begins: "Over a period of 18 months, the four news organisations will closely follow newly-arrived migrant communities in each of their countries to illustrate their integration challenges, their humanitarian situation, their professional aspirations, and the impact of their arrival on both the host and the home countries."

Read more about the project on the European Journalism Centre website.


Life as a White House Reporter, From Unprecedented to "Presidential", The Making of an Alternative Reality, "Teleprompter Trump" vs. "Twitter Trump"


To mark the end of the first year of the Refugee Journalism Project the EJN is taking part in an event to showcase the participants journalistic talents, document the project’s achievements, and to promote creative collaborations between journalists, students and academics.
6pm Tuesday 7 March 2017, London College of Communication 

- Buy tickets for the event here.

The Ethical Journalism Network's board member Chris Elliott - the former readers' editor of the Guardian - will be speaking at a conference organised by the National Union of Journalists' ethics council on 'Brexit, racism and fake news' on Saturday 11 March.

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.

Is it time for media to move 'beyond the article'? (Reuters Institute)

This site is “taking the edge off rant mode” by making readers pass a quiz before commenting (NiemanLabs)
Press freedom organizations are teaming up to start a news site 
IPI launches #FreeTurkeyJournalists website (IPI)
A misleading map of 'refugee crime' in Germany distorts reality in a slick and sophisticated way (The Bureau of Investigative Journalism)
Fake news' power to influence shrinks with a contextual warning, study finds (Tech Crunch)
How to cover a hostile president (CJR)
AFRICA: Africa has a long history of fake news after years of living with non-truth (The Conversation)
KENYA: Kenyan Media Unhappy with New Government Guidelines (VOA)
US: What Press Freedom Means When You Can Just Press 'Tweet' (Bloomberg)
US: Reporters Without Borders: The media is not the enemy of the people (Quartz)
US: Trump Versus the Media: How to Cover a Hostile President (The Nation)
US: Questions and answers with Indira Lakshmanan, Poynter’s Craig Newmark Foundation Chair for Journalism Ethics (Poynter)
CAMBODIA: Cambodian official urges emulating Trump's position on press (ABC)
INDONESIA: How effective is media verification in stopping fake news? (Jakarta Post)
NEW ZEALAND: New study finds female journalists paid 26 per cent less (Phys)
THAILAND: Defamation suit restricts BBC reporter's freedom of movement (CPJ)
CROATIA: In Croatia, journalists and citizens have a hard time accessing information which should be of public domain (ECPMF)
CROATIA: Petition aims to close down Serb minority publication (ECMPF)
GERMANY: German publishers are skipping Facebook’s fake-news initiative (Digiday))
UK: NUJ backs plan from MPs to force news industry to adopt Leveson press regulation (Press Gazette)
TURKEY's constitution guarantees press freedom - but that's not the whole story (DW)
EGYPT: Press Syndicate elects new leaders during critical period (Daily News)
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
Romanian, 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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