Media ethics is usually seen to be concerned with the conduct of journalists and those who employ them and publish their work. But does it also extend to the conduct of those who attack them – and the social media companies that facilitate such attacks?
A loss-making Asian community station was sanctioned by Ofcom for accidentally playing a song that sexually mocked Muslims. Only two people heard the online broadcast after midnight, but one complained. Kanshi Radio said suspending its licence would effectively close it down permanently. Read the full ruling here
The Sun reports that producers of Coronation Street got things badly wrong when they showed an artist sketching an alleged rape victim as she gave evidence. It couldn’t happen in real life. Why would it be illegal – on two counts? Check your answers here
A columnist in The Hindu argues that media stings do not constitute real investigative journalism and actually uncover little information. Read more by A.S. Panneerselvan here
An article on the Kerala Media Academy website gives a useful insight into the ethical issues surrounding media stings and privacy from an Indian perspective. Find it here
Claimants in libel cases do not have to prove they have suffered serious harm in order to win, a judge has ruled. They merely have to argue that the words used are seriously harmful, said the judge in a case involving a divorcing couple. This reverses previous understanding of the protection given in the 2013 Defamation Act, reports UK Press Gazette. Read more
There are also links to various legal commentators’ views at the Inforrm blog, published by the International Forum for Responsible Media, here
It’s a US column talking about US law, but the general principle will apply: Steven Goldstein explains that streaming is (should be, anyway) covered by performing rights licences so the money gets to the rights holders, but a podcast is a recording, not a performance, and not covered by a licence. Read his piece here