3    Ethics and responsibility


‘The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.’


Edward R. Murrow was an American broadcaster. He and his colleagues defied corporate and sponsorship pressures to report and examine anti-communist witchhunts in 1950s America. Murrow said to his audience ‘Good Night and Good Luck’ and he was portrayed by actor Richard Strathairn in George Clooney’s 2005 film with that title.

A free media have their first responsibility not to politicians but to the audience of listeners, viewers and online readers/contributors. This is known as public trust. Whether the media uses or abuses liberty and ...

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