Stories produced by overseas bureau but published by British news websites should not be subject to regulation in Britain unless they deal with UK topics, the Independent Press Standards Organisation has agreed. Read more
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
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