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Unpublished Paper
BETRAYING TRUTH: THE ABUSE OF JOURNALISTIC ETHICS IN MIDDLE EAST REPORTING
ExpressO (2009)
  • Kenneth Lasson, University of Baltimore
Abstract
BETRAYING TRUTH: THE ABUSE OF JOURNALISTIC ETHICS IN MIDDLE EAST REPORTING By Kenneth Lasson Abstract In a world at once increasingly chaotic and historically interconnected, the news media have come to play unprecedented roles both in the virtually instantaneous recording of fast-moving events and in influencing the occurrence and evolution of those events themselves. The media, of course, are not beyond reproach. Freedom of the press does not mean immunity from criticism. Reputable journalists abide by standards which, though largely self-imposed, are presumed to be honestly applied. When these principles are abrogated, violators should be taken to task. Nowhere has this responsibility been more tested than in the Middle East, where for over a half-century Israel has been locked in a pitched battle against its neighbors for recognition of its national legitimacy. Those who feel that the Jewish state has been treated unfairly by the media have difficulty fathoming how others might harbor a different perspective. Contrarily, many in the Moslem world view the Western press as biased against Arabs. This article presents a brief overview of press freedom under the First Amendment, attempts a working definition of media “objectivity,” examines various codes of professional ethics for journalists, and analyzes specific cases of where such standards have allegedly been abused or abandoned in Middle East reporting.
Keywords
  • freedomof the press,
  • journalism,
  • media,
  • ethics
Disciplines
Publication Date
September 15, 2009
Citation Information
Kenneth Lasson. "BETRAYING TRUTH: THE ABUSE OF JOURNALISTIC ETHICS IN MIDDLE EAST REPORTING" ExpressO (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kenneth_lasson/3/