30 January 2017
Last week I was in Jakarta for the Global Intermedia Dialogue, a conference that brought together journalists and academics from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey. (Thanks to Hilde Solbakken, Norway's acting Ambassador to Indonesia for the photo.)

My involvement in the event was to present some of the key findings from the EJN's 
Ethics in the News report on ethics and journalism in the post-truth era.  Our discussions in Jakarta on freedom of speech, democracy and the challenges for media when covering terrorism and religion seem even more timely this week after President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries

Do scroll to the end as today's is a bumper newsletter to make up for missing last week's while I was travelling. 

Tom Law - EJN Director of Campaigns and Communications
Before the ban was announced CJR warned journalists not to take the bait and respond to the "cartoonish, press-hating invective that has characterized President Donald Trump’s young political career" by avoiding "the sort of cartoonish, self-centered overreaction that has characterized their coverage of Trump’s young political career." It is also worth reading Caitlin Dickerson's piece in the New York Times about how far-right websites are fuelling fear of Muslim refugees.

Last year Aidan White - the EJN director - explored whether journalists should take sides in the age of Trump but for up-to-date analysis of US media reaction to the ban and the ethical issues raised I would recommend signing up to Brian Stelter's Reliable Sources newsletter as well the podcast of his Sunday show on CNN

Podcast: Avoiding Trump’s trap withalternative facts


Towards a balanced narrative on migration in the Mediterranean

EJN Director Aidan White presented the preliminary findings of a 17-country study conducted by the EJN into how media report on migration in Europe, Middle East and North Africa at the Brussels Press Club on January 25th. 

The Executive Summary, Recommendations and Desktop study parts of the study are online and introduced by the International Center for Migration Policy Development here: 

The full study is expected to be published in late February. You can watch the video of the event here:

Other speakers included:

  • Hon. George W. Vella, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Malta (Right of the above screen grab of the event)
  • Johannes Hahn, Commissioner (2014-2019), DG European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations (tbc)
  • Michael Spindelegger, ICMPD Director General
  • Magda Abu-Fadil, Veteran journalist, Blogger, Director of Media Unlimited in Lebanon
  • Jean-Paul Marthoz, Journalist, Le Soir columnist, Professor of International Journalism, Université Catholique de Louvain

EJN Director Aidan White spoke on a panel on 'Promoting Ethical Journalism' at conference organised by UN Alliance of Civilisations on January 26 in Brussels. The event gave the EJN the opportunity to promote the EJN's "ethical journalism for free expression and media literacy" and our guidelines on hate speech and migration coverage.

“2016 has been an elections year in many countries. Media, for better or for worse, was used as a tool shaping people’s perceptions around issues and swaying their votes accordingly,” Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the High Representative for the UNAOC, told the meeting. Read the full article "Amid hate speech, negative media spin ‘real stories’ of refugees and migrants must be told" - on the UN News Centre website. 

Practicing journalism in authoritarian climates (CNN)
GUIDE: How to stop falling for fake news (Africa Check)
Facebook Journalism Project is Nothing But A Much-Needed PR stunt (Monday Note)
Reinvigorating the public purpose of journalism (RTNDA)
The global state of fake news in 5 charts (Digiday)
Journalists, editors and publishers, let’s not squander the gift of Donald Trump
EGYPT: Leaking personal recordings is unethical, unconstitutional: Press Syndicate’s Freedom Committee (Daily News Egypt)
Living in limbo: documenting life as a migrant in Libya (Independent)
NIGERIA: The Media And Democracy In Nigeria (The Tide)
MEXCIO: Reports on school shooting in Mexico raise ethical debate between media, civil society and the State (Knight Center)
US: I've reported on Putin – here are my tips for journalists dealing with Trump
US: Live From the White House, It’s Trump TV

US: Student journalists especially vulnerable to Trump’s press-as-enemy rhetoric (CJR)
US: The traditional way of reporting on a president is dead. And Trump’s press secretary killed it. (Washington Post)
US: Why BuzzFeed News Published the Dossier (NYT)
US: Women’s March on Washington Raises Ethical Questions for Media Outlets (WWD)
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)
BELGIUM: Roularta Media Group stops comments on its websites (EFJ)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Journalists failing in refugee coverage according to Prague conference (Radio Prague)
EUROPE: Alarmed, Unsettled, Wary: European Media Ponder a Trump Presidency (EJO)
IRELAND: Falling trust in Irish media needs to be addressed (Irish Times)
ITALY: By migrants for migrants: The new faces of Italian media (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
SPAIN: How Spanish newspaper El Pais is tackling fake news (Digiday)
SWEDEN: How Sweden is fighting fake news (Digiday)
TURKEY: Journalism in death throes after six months of emergency (RSF)
UK: Survey: When asked which type of news in newspapers they trust, one in three said 'none of it' (Press Gazette)
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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