Ethical dimensions of peace journalism in the globalized world

TitleEthical dimensions of peace journalism in the globalized world
Publication TypeConference Paper
Author(s)Cruz, J., and J. C. Suarez
Affiliation (1st Author)University of Seville
Section or WGEthics of Society and Ethics of Communication Working Group
DateWed 26 June
Slot CodeETHW2a
Slot Code (Keyword)ETHW2a
Time of Session11:00-12:30
Session TitleCovering Conflicts, protecting people and promoting values I
Submission ID4923

Professional ethics of journalism have traditionally been cloistered in a set of premises well-intentioned but empty of content and, above all, far from its applicability in the practical field. Furthermore, these ethical goals are ultimately hostage of institutional regimes, national or international, under media are encompassed, so largely respond to the interests, or at least the conceptual schemes of these.Internationally, the two fundamental ethical axes revolve around the ideas of democracy and peace, and specifically refers to equal access to information, the balance of global information flows, accountability and legality as values ​​that inspire journalism, or the promotion of the development of the people. However, achieving these precepts correspond to different categories. That is, an individual journalist is unlikely to have the ability to regulate the management of information flows, as a supranational agency can not guarantee that a specific news not cause direct harm to a set of individuals.However, the formulation of journalism ethics has fallen almost exclusively on the journalist as an individual, thereby ignoring the crucial role played by the company, the national legislative framework or set of information flows internationally, in the development of journalism. Thus, before making a new journalistic model, as is peace journalism, it is necessary to analyze the way the news is constructed globally and areas where action is needed to modify the existing model.This communication aims to make an ethical reflection on the principles which should govern the international journalistic exercise regarding the precepts that inspire peace journalism.

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