Friday, 28th April 2017
The huge phone hacking scandal is raising a lot of questions about the ethics of media organisations. These questions are:
When influence increases, power increases. The News of the World has a circulation of some 3 million, one of the largest in the country. This power, instead of being used to improve society and behaviour, is actually being exercised in an opposite way. It is undermining behaviour. It is corrupting society. It is bribing the police - as if it were above the law. This is the height of media arrogance.
And a mono-cultural media, can easily become arrogant and deluded, as the challenge to authority reduces. We recommend a strong push for editorial diversity in the media, and a clear statement of values by each company, and how these values and behaviours are being monitored. Also external regulation of the media is very important for a safer and ethical society.
Article added on 7th July 2011 at 8:33am
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