1st Edition

Explorations in Global Media Ethics

Edited By Muhammad Ayish, Shakuntala Rao Copyright 2012
    128 Pages
    by Routledge

    128 Pages
    by Routledge

    Studies of global media and journalism have repeatedly returned to discussions of ethics. This book highlights the difficulty that journalists encounter when establishing appropriate ethical practices and marks the pressing importance of global media ethics as a subject of current debate. A wide range of contributors – both scholars and practitioners of journalism – identify how changes in journalism practice, developments in new media technologies, legal regulations, and shifting patterns of ownership all play a role in creating ethical tensions for journalists, with some chapters in the book suggesting practical solutions to this pertinent issue. The growing need to faithfully represent other diverse cultural groups is also considered, with certain chapters discussing the impact that human rights, freedom and justice have upon journalistic decision making.

    Explorations in Global Media Ethics recognises that, with the escalation of globalisation and a public striving for honest quality media, journalists around the world face an increasing pressure to comply with and simultaneously satisfy diverse ethical practices at both a local and a more global level. The book sympathises with the position of the journalist and calls for greater consideration of his ambiguous role.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of Journalism Studies.

    Preface Bob Franklin

    1. Introduction: Explorations in Global Media Ethics Muhammad Ayish and Shakuntala Rao

    2. The Philosophy of Technology: Globalization and Ethical Universals Cliff G. Christians

    3. Ethical Flourishing as Aim of Global Media Ethics Stephen J. A. Ward

    4. Patriotism and Popularity in News: Tough choices facing Arab journalists Abeer Al Najjar

    5. Morality in Media Ethics: Readings of Nursi’s theory of God’s attributes Abderrahmane Azzi

    6. Television Reality Shows in the Arab World: The case for a ‘glocalized’ media ethics Muhammad Ayish

    7. The ‘Local’ in Global Media Ethics Shakuntala Rao

    8. Meanings of Responsibility and Freedom: Negotiating African perspectives in global media ethics Herman Wasserman

    9. Journalism’s Moral Sentiments: Negotiating Between Freedom and Responsibility Lee Wilkins

    10. Negotiating Global and Local Media Ethics: A case-study of how a local Dubai radio talk show covered the arrest of a couple for kissing in public James Piecowye


    Muhammad Ayish is currently on leave as a media advisor at the National Media Council in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He holds a doctoral degree in international communication and public diplomacy from the University of Minnesota, USA. He has authored/co-authored three books on Arab media and published over 60 articles in international journals on Arab broadcasting, women and media, and political communication.

    Shakuntala Rao is a Professor at the State University of New York, USA and has published extensively in Communication and interdisciplinary journals on South Asian journalism postcolonial theory, and media ethics. She received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA.