Media Ethics And Ethics In The Global Media

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According to the Oxford Dictionary, media ethics are issues of moral principles and values as applied to the conduct, roles, and content of mass media- journalistic ethics and advertising ethics in particular. It includes issues such as impartiality, objectivity, bias, privacy, and the public interest. More generally, it also includes issues of stereotyping, taste and decency, obscenity, and defamation.
In ‘The Age of Information’ that we live in, media plays the pivotal role of conveying information to the masses. An unavoidable element in today’s generation, it plays the role both of an asset and an encumbrance. With the absence of ethics in today’s information broadcasting, falsified and unreliable information is often being circulated,
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Some international associations of journalists have declared standards to follow, but no global media code has been decided upon, yet. The idea of media ethics arises out of an attempt to improve or reform the global media system, to reduce the control of global media in the hands of minority of Western countries, and to eliminate inequalities in media technology. News media now inhabits a pluralistic, global community where the impact of its reports can have far-reaching effects. News reports can reach people around the world and influence the actions of governments, humanitarian agencies, ethnic groups and militaries. A responsible global ethic is needed in a world where news media bring together a plurality of different religions, traditions and ethnic…show more content…
Reports should be balanced, diverse and accurate, , as judged from an international perspective. A biased and parochial journalism can wreak havoc in our tightly linked global world. Unless reported properly, North American readers may be conditioned into hating the Middle East, and fear mongering may cause hate crimes in India over the issue of Pakistan. Narrow-minded, ‘patriotic’ media may propel populations into war. Journalism with a global perspective is needed to help citizens understand the daunting global problems of poverty, technological inequalities political instability and even environmental degradation. Thus, the line between inutile news and incumbent news must be drawn, and strictly followed. Ethics in media is a relevant and necessary topic in today’s ‘Age of Information’. Only if news outlets and journalists maintain scruples in their trade, and observe the mandatory ethics required during disseminating information, can topics of importance and delicate contexts be dealt with efficiently and in a manner befitting their

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