Media Ethics

Media Ethics


This essay sees to address: How effective is the AJA Code of Ethics? Which issues still need to be addressed.

So what are ethics, and why do we need them?

It is said that ‘ Ethically every civilization is a balance of tension between the jungle instincts of men, and the inhibitions of a moral code.”
Durant, W. 1950 the Age of faith Simon and Schuster New York.

Generally, ethics are based on ideas of right and wrong or moral values and rules..

Ethics come from the universal principle
“Do unto others as we would have them do unto us.”

It’s an age old biblical quotation that is very relevant to modern life today. Human ethics have been around since the days of Moses, and the ten commandments. Human ethics have been continually developing for tens of thousands of years.

Certainly, for society to operate we need to have boundaries of right and wrong. More than ever now, because, to date the world is facing major political and economic problems like never before.

We only have to recall recent events like the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World trade centre, or the bomb blast in Bali in October 2002 or Madrid in March 2004. It is only a few people who created these disasters. But, the majority of us know that these man-made disasters were morally and ethically wrong.

Hence, to live in a happy society, we see tha people need to adhere to morals, values and ethics.
Ethics give us boundaries, balance and respect for each other and people of all nations.

“The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.” - Albert Schweitzer, German Nobel Peace Prize winning mission doctor and theologian (1875-1965)

For without ethics in society people would have no boundaries. With no boundaries there would be no censorship on behaviour, people would do as they pleased.
Human nature is such, that we need to be guided.

Of course, without ethics, we could be faced with more racism,...

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