16 December 2016

On 18 December 2015 we launched our Moving Stories report, an international review of how media in 14 countries across the world cover migration. It was a theme that we came back to throughout the year, creating guidelines for migration reporting and conducting training, such as our workshop for African journalists in Kampala on Combating Hate and Building Trust in Reporting of Migration.

In the first week of January, the EJN is launching Ethics in the News a report covering the most pressing ethical issues facing media around the world. To give you a taste of the report we will be publishing the chapter on photographing refugees on 18 December to mark International Migrants Day. If you would like to receive an advanced copy before Sunday please get in touch.  


When working on media ethics (especially when compiling this newsletter) it can be too easy to focus on questionable ethical practice rather than promoting the best of journalism. Two awards ceremonies I was fortunate to attend this month reminded me of the wealth of inspirational reporting taking place around the world:  

Rory Peck Awards: On Wednesday 7 December I attended the Rory Peck Awards in London where the quality of journalism on show among the winners and runners up was truly outstanding. I strongly recommend watching all of submissions. 

ARIJ Network: I was also very impressed by the award winners from Jordan, Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen, whose reports exposing injustice in their societies and were acknowledged at the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism awards on the Dead Sea on December 3. 

What the award winners achieved in such challenging circumstances needs more recognition and support. 

Tom Law, EJN Director of Campaigns and Communications

DOES FACEBOOK NEED TO CLEAN UP ITS ACT? Can newsrooms overcome the longstanding culture clash between tech and editorial? And what about coverage of those Trump tweets? The Columbia Journalism Review's new podcast, The Kicker, features CJR Tow Editor Nausicaa Renner and special guest Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. 
SOUTH AFRICA: No record of Mandela saying ‘it always seems impossible until it’s done’ (Africa Check)
US: Why we investigated media rules in First Nations communities (Discourse Media)
US: New Study of Jewish Media Launched (Hartman Institute)
INDIA: Instituting a Constitutional Press Council Will Help the Indian Media Do Its Job (The Wire)
HUNGARY: Fears Hungary no longer has neutral newspaper voice after closure of independent daily Nepszabadsag (Press Gazette)
SERBIA: Media in Serbia, someone says no (Balcani Caucaso)
UK: RSF decries Islamic State’s use of British journalist John Cantlie (RSF)
UK: Ten ways journalism industry can improve self regulation and regain the trust of the public (Press Gazette)
MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA: Ethical problems in advertising on the rise, study finds (University of Texas at Austin)
SYRIA: Syria brings 'fake news' to the United Nations (CNN)

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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