Today I came across a very insightful essay on Crikey by Dr Denis Muller titled
The age of consent: journalists’ ethics in naturaldisasters.
The article explored how journalists should behave on disaster situations and how they should engage ethically with victims. In most cases content needs to be given, unless the person being interviewed is a public figure or it is a public forum: He states:
So the requirement to obtain consent will vary according to:
- The person’s familiarity with the media;
- The person’s position of power relative to the media’s power;
- The person’s position as a participant in a public forum; or
- Whether the person is the object of disclosure of some matter that is in the public interest.
For the most part, however, obtaining consent is a basic ethical requirement. Its foundational importance lies in its centrality to the exercising of personal autonomy. Autonomy, in the liberal…
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