Kevin Bankston will speak on a panel entitled Journalism "Ethics in Transitional Situations" at the World Press Freedom Day Conference
Description: Changing mindsets is essential in times of transition. Journalists in transitional situations,who were used to deliver government-friendly information and were accustomed to self-censorship, are faced with the challenge of changing their editorial habits. Holding governments and powerful institutions accountable, and adopting the methods of investigative journalism are essential tasks in a new media context. Media must develop their role of watchdogs respecting ethical principles in accordance with international standards.
- How can journalists help counter corruption within media (such as “brown envelopes”) and transform professional attitudes in the media sector and develop trust among the audience?
- What measures need to be implemented both by the public authorities and by media organizationsin order to promote independent quality journalism?
- How ensure that changes in editorial practices in a new media landscape are actually taking place?
- Ethics and covering sensitive subject matter (sexuality, religion)