A review of a journalist’s freebie holiday could be subject to advertising standards rules if the travel company has control over the published copy. The law column at HoldTheFrontPage highlights an area of regulation often overlooked by journalists, here
A documentary about the performance poet Luke Wright contained 38 uses of “the most offensive” language and 23 other sexually-loaded words but was broadcast before the watershed (the earliest time for transmitting material unsuitable for children). Community broadcaster Notts TV apologised and said it slipped through the net after a change of scheduling staff. Ofcom found a breach of its code. Read its findings in its October 2017 bulletin (page 6).
The Guardian appointed its first readers’ editor in the belief that newspaper – which hold people to account – should also be accountable themselves. American newspapers corrected errors quickly. Twenty years on, the paper’s first ethical watchdog looked back on his time in a role that didn’t always make him popular. He also recalled the much-quoted quote about journalism’s imperfections that inspired editor Alan Rusbridger.
Why should newspapers not be accountable? – Ian Mayes
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