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How do we rebuild trust in journalism?

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How do we rebuild trust in journalism?

The arrest of journalists at The Sun last week for allegedly paying police tip-off fees suggests that 2012 is going to be another messy year when it comes to the practices and standards of journalists and publishers

Phone-hacking, the use of private investigators by news desks and reporters and the paying of tip off fees to police may seem to many to be a primarily British issue. However, the methods used by journalists to get their stories are currently under the microscope in several countries.

Any review should extend to what is published and indeed what never makes the news pages because of interference, vested interests and fear-driven self-censorship.

Poor journalism and questionable practices open the door to opponents of a free press. In Britain and my own country, South Africa, there is a view among the ruling parties – supported by many in civil society – that newspapers and news publishers are unable to police bad practices themselves and that some sort of external regulation is required to ensure “responsible” journalism.

These issues and pressures form the backdrop to one of our key themes at the 19th World Editors Forum in Kiev from 2-5 September: How do we rebuild trust in journalism?

We plan to bring you top thinkers on ethics and standards who promote the traditional ideals of journalism, while also seeking out alternative views. In this unbounded world of digital publishing, are those very ideals dated and in need of reform? Do we need to rethink our ethical codes?

These are crucial questions for editors as we set about discussing the theme for this year’s global summit meetings of the world’s press: Shaping the future of the newspaper.

Some 1000 chief editors, publishers, managing directors, CEOs and other newspaper executives are expected in Kiev for this year’s summit which includes the 64th World Newspaper Congress and Info Services Expo.

For the evolving programme, registration and other information, please click here.


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Cherilyn Ireton


2012-02-20 16:45

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