Press Freedom and Ethics

Freedom of the press is an important issue for journalists educated in advanced liberal nations, however when students intern in another country they may find that ideas around press freedom and ethics are very different.

It is important when you are a guest in another country to tread carefully around issues of press freedom. Do not presume to know better than your colleagues. In some countries, publication of a story can have deadly consequences. Heed the advice of those around you.

In the same way that views and attitudes to press freedom differ, so do attitudes to ethics. Global media ethics can be different to Australian media ethics. As an intern in another country, it’s important to remember that you are there to watch and learn.

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