Global media ethics and the Covid-19 pandemic

Springer Nature
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Handbook of Global Media Ethics, 2021, 1, pp. 823-843
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This chapter presents an exploration of ethical issues arising in the news media coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic. This chapter is about key ethical challenges faced by journalists and the evolution of guidance provided for journalists beyond the scope of current codes of journalism ethics. The chapter discusses these issues through the life cycle of the news media drawing on ethics resources as needed. It argues for clearer guidance for journalists reporting health, reviews of journalists’ codes of ethics to embed specific values and advice for covering health news, and enhanced employer support for staff and freelance journalists.
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