Ethical Codes in media
Ethical Codes to go by when writing a story involving others
Guidelines for keeping others' privacy
What is this important ethic?
Why is this ethic important?
As humans, we all can make space for improvement, but how can one do that when everyone is constantly observing them and reporting on their every embarrassing or personal move. Most things reported on celebrities can be hurtful and embarrassing to them and can often make them feel as if they have no privacy. It is important to know that celebrities deserve privacy just as those involved in a devastating events like destructive hurricanes or school shootings.
- Is this an important and justifiable matter or dilema or is it just another matter of something people want to know?
- Does this person deserve protection? (Are they a victim or perpetrator?)
- What questions would they feel uncomfortable answering
- What is the fine line for asking questions?
- How can I better understand the subject's personal suffering? How can I better understand this person's desire for privacy?
- What alternative approaches can I start with, while still getting the story?
Who does this effect and how? How does this affect the media?
- Keeps subjects of devastating events from feeling uncomfortable or bad when getting interviewed.
- This ethic can also help protect celebrities' image and can keep some of their personal facotrs unpublished
This ethic doesn't affect media that much, as I said, the media doesn't do that well of a job at following this ethic. But when the media does use a guideline, this ethic keeps personal information off the public and can help people from extreme embassment or sorrow.
Guidelines for Hidden Cameras
Real Life Situations
You might be wondering if this is ok in certain situations. A recent case in point is that of the Pakistan International Airlines Spokesperson and Public Affairs General Manager Syed Sultan Hasan, who filed a lawsuit against Dawn TV for allegedly making an ‘illegal’ video of him without his permission. He is seeking Rs1 billion in damages from the network.
This is an example where someone might get angry for being on camera, so it is important to be careful when hidding cameras.