Ethics in Media

Ethics in Media


(Surea, 2013)

A picture, video or a News broadcast can have a great impact on the general public. This could in turn do both good and harm. Where is the line we draw so to not cause harm such as offence, misinterpretation or content that could influence society wrongly about an event and/or person/corporation? One needs to be careful what to publish as it could cause harm to individuals that are not meant to be subjects to the imagery. Certain violent or personal information (addresses, number plates….) should not be shown to the general public as some images can harm reputations (given that it is not the purpose) and make public and vulnerable, people’s private affairs. This could also affect the collective memory. It depends on the impact of the photograph and/or news broadcast.

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