Journalism Ethics By Court Decree

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Watson concludes that journalism practice is guided and defined by law and ethics. Journalists are most likely to follow an ethical principle when it is supported by the law and less likely if it is opposed or not supported by the law. The law at issue is virtually always the First Amendment. Because the Supreme Court has the final say on First Amendment issues, the Court has a powerful influence on the applied ethics of journalism. Watson analyzes Court rulings since 1947 that address journalism's primary ...
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Overview

Watson concludes that journalism practice is guided and defined by law and ethics. Journalists are most likely to follow an ethical principle when it is supported by the law and less likely if it is opposed or not supported by the law. The law at issue is virtually always the First Amendment. Because the Supreme Court has the final say on First Amendment issues, the Court has a powerful influence on the applied ethics of journalism. Watson analyzes Court rulings since 1947 that address journalism's primary ethical principles. He considers the implications of having jurists set the course of proper journalism practice, especially when unfettered journalism ethics require journalists to violate the law.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593322663
  • Publisher: LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 4/15/2008
  • Series: Law and Society Ser.
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1

Ch. 2 Making Journalism Ethical: Codes, Comissions, and Councils 23

Ch. 3 Truth and Truth Telling: First Principle and Prime Directive 65

Ch. 4 Privacy: A Matter of Morality, Ethics and Law 109

Ch. 5 Civic Responsibility: A Casualty of Ethical Principle 147

Ch. 6 Conclusions and Recommendations 179

Bibliography 189

Index 199

Endnotes 203

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