Emily Bell, one of the world’s most highly respected commentators on media, has written a post for the Columbia Journalism Review that draws together strands of important thinking on the dilemmas involved in terrorism fed by social media, and the emerging wisdom on the ethics involved for mainstream media in following it. Messages include: “Do not report facts until they are verified, do not focus on the perpetrator over the victims, do not use sensational language that might glamorize the terrorist.” Read it here (and find many more internationally-focused articles on the media in the same place).
Talkradio host George Galloway earned a heavy rebuke for a “biased and unbalanced” show on the Salisbury poisoning affair. Ofcom found “serious breaches” of the broadcasting code. People who disagreed with his “dissident” views were dismissed as inmates of Broadmoor Hospital, which houses criminals with mental illness. Ofcom said Galloway’s fame as a radical did not exempt it from having to achieve due impartiality. Read more.
Eamonn Holmes opened a TV report by saying, “Should pet shock collars be banned? We think so.” The following piece continued to present a one-sided picture, in breach of the requirement for impartiality, found Ofcom. Read its report here (page 6)
Piers Morgan told Good Morning Britain viewers he couldn’t be bothered to read a council’s “stupid” statement over the case of a homeless SAS veteran – and landed ITV a rebuke from Ofcom for airing a one-sided report. Read more
Read the full Ofcom report here