The Search for Global Media Ethics

Herman Wasserman

in Journalism Ethics

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780195370805
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776610 | DOI:


The Search for Global Media Ethics

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This chapter shows that there is still no consensus about which theoretical framework(s) would form the best basis for the construction of a global journalism ethics. Various philosophical approaches offer competing understandings of what such an ethics would look like and even whether such an ethics is possible or desirable. Tensions between global and local understandings of what journalism is, and what its role in society should be, complicate the search. It is argued that a journalism ethics for contemporary global society, one that takes into account the vigorous contestations about central moral concepts and rights, one that sees journalism not as a static and closed-off profession but as a dynamic endeavor that changes with societal shifts, cannot but be provisional and inclusive.

Keywords: journalism; media; professional ethics; global ethics

Chapter.  6505 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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