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International rights violations and media coverage

Mazor, Joseph (2013) International rights violations and media coverage. International Journal of Applied Philosophy, 27 (2). pp. 225-249. ISSN 0739-098X

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Identification Number: 10.5840/ijap201312129


I argue that the best way for journalists to enable their audience to determine the truth about international rights questions and to grant the parties’ claims a fair hearing is by adhering to strict impartiality—i.e., by producing coverage that does not reflect the journalist’s personal views on the rights question. I then argue that that the best way for journalists to provide strictly impartial coverage is by utilizing a legal trial, and more specifically an adversarial trial as a model for impartial presentation. Unlike the traditional Just-the-Facts model, the adversarial model explicitly requires the journalist to challenge the narratives of the parties and to cover the relevant normative controversies. It solves the problem of partiality in content choice by asking the journalist to take up the perspective of a principled zealous advocate for both sides of the international rights question.

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Additional Information: © 2013 International Journal of Applied Philosophy
Divisions: Government
Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2014 08:31
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 14:50

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