All over the world codes of conduct have been proposed for journalists. In fact ethics is inseparable from journalism, because the practice of journalism is centred on a set of essentially ethical concepts: freedom, democracy, truth, objectivity, honesty, privacy. If the proper role of journalism is seen as providing information, then the ethical questions focus on one issue: maintaining the quality of the information. This issue has become a matter of political controversy and public concern. The media is often perceived as being inaccurate and biased. The Robert Maxwell case has re-opened the issue of media ownership. Questions of censorship and freedom of information have arisen in connection with Spycatcher', the numerous recent incidents involving members of the royal family, politicians and the general public, the fight against terrorism in Northern Ireland and the wars in the Falklands and the Gulf. Parliament has threatened statutory controls if the voluntary partnership of the Press Complaints Commission and the newspaper industry cannot curb gross invasions of privacy and other malpractices by the tabloid press.
There is much concern about the trivialising and exploitative representation of women in the media. This book addresses issues such as these in ways that are both philosophical and practical, critical and constructive, perennial and topical.
." . . this book provides a stimulating, accessible and reliable guide. . . . The book's eleven contributors offer a usefully varied range of perspectives on some of the key issues in the current media ethics debate."