What moral universe are you from? Everyday tragedies and the ethics of press intrusion into grief

Tulloch, John (2004) What moral universe are you from? Everyday tragedies and the ethics of press intrusion into grief. Ethical Space: the International Journal of Communication Ethics, 1 (3). pp. 25-30. ISSN 1742-0105

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Abstract

Nowhere is the conflict between the professional values
of journalists and the values of ordinary people more apparent in the UK than in press coverage of families grieving for victims of accidents or crimes. Attempts from the beginning of the 1990s to forbid press intrusion into grief or shock have been steadily resisted by the British Press Complaints Commission, whose voluntary Code of Conduct requires journalists to make inquiries and publish material with “sympathy and discretion”. Editors argue that such inquiries are in the interests of accuracy and may be welcomed by relatives but the voluntary code fails to address the problems posed by sensational journalism and its lack of compassion and empathy for grieving families.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Media ethics, Press conduct, Grief, Intrusion, Compassion
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P500 Journalism
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Journalism
ID Code:1136
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:07 Sep 2007
Last Modified:19 Feb 2014 11:18

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