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Explorations in Global Media Ethics

1st Edition

Edited by Muhammad Ayish, Shakuntala Rao


118 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Journalism Studies

Theory and Practice

The journal Journalism Studies was established at the turn of the new millennium by Bob Franklin. It was launched in the context of a burgeoning interest in the scholarly study of journalism and an expansive global community of journalism scholars and researchers. The ambition was to provide a forum for the critical discussion and study of journalism as a subject of intellectual inquiry but also an arena of professional practice. Previously, the study of journalism in the UK and much of Europe was a fairly marginal branch of the larger disciplines of media, communication and cultural studies; only a handful of Universities offered degree programmes in the subject. Journalism Studies has flourished and succeeded in providing the intended public space for discussion of research on key issues within the field, to the point where in 2007 a sister journal, Journalism Practice, was launched to enable an enhanced focus on practice-based issues, as well as foregrounding studies of journalism education, training and professional concerns. Both journals are among the leading ranked journals within the field and publish six issues annually, in electronic and print formats. From the outset, the publication of themed issues has been a commitment for both journals. Their purpose is first, to focus on highly significant or neglected areas of the field; second, to facilitate discussion and analysis of important and topical policy issues; and third, to offer readers an especially high quality and closely focused set of essays, analyses and discussions; or all three.

The Journalism Studies: Theory and Practice book series draws on a wide range of these themed issues from both journals and thereby extends the critical and public forum provided by them. The Editor of the journals works closely with guest editors to ensure that the books achieve relevance for readers and the highest standards of research rigour and academic excellence. The series makes a significant contribution to the field of journalism studies by inviting distinguished scholars, academics and journalism practitioners to discuss and debate the central concerns within the field. It also reaches a wider readership of scholars, students and practitioners across the social sciences, humanities and communication arts, encouraging them to engage critically with, but also to interrogate, the specialist scholarly studies of journalism which this series provides.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies