Sunday 9 November 2008

Media Shows restraint?

Blackout on reporter's kidnapping posed dilemma for media

Abducted CBC journalist released in Afghanistan

Holy smoke. hard to believe. What is more interesting is that the 'comments were closed' for this story. I would like to comment. We see that journalists and, more importantly, editors and policy makers, are able to show restraint.

Could they not show restraint in the face of grieving parents, for example?
I would be ever so grateful if they would not shove microphones in the faces of those who deal with unbearable grief and ask how they are feeling.

This agreement crossed two news agencies: CBC and Global. Can they not agree on some standards in the industry? CBC has a code of ethics, being an agency funded by taxpayers one would hope so! The Media Watch website says:
"CBC has developed its own voluntary policies and guidelines for programming, covering issues such as violence, multiculturalism, racism, and the portrayal of genders and the disabled".

They speak to journalistic principles; legalities and ethics: accuracy, integrity (unbiased reporting - hmf); fairness; balance, and protecting the identity of suspects, accused, sex offenders and crime victims.

What is lacking is a sense of humanity.

Journalistic Standards and Practices ought to be upheld more stringently.

In this section:3.2.5 IDENTITY OF CRIME VICTIMS

Broadcasting the identity of a crime victim most often only adds to the person's grief, anguish and trauma.

They will identify a victim if
  • the victim consents to the disclosure (in writing or on tape);
  • the victim volunteers his or her story for broadcast;
  • the public interest is an overriding consideration.
Where do they take into consideration the impact on the victim? Not only that, but victims of similar crimes can experience PTSD when viewing interviews of crying, angry victims who have yet to deal with their emotions.
I find it hard to watch some stories. What is peculiar is when one of their own

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