Philosophical foundations for global journalism ethics

Journal of Mass Media Ethics 20 (1):3 – 21 (2005)
This article proposes 3 principles and 3 imperatives as the philosophical foundations of a global journalism ethics. The central claim is that the globalization of news media requires a radical rethinking of the principles and standards of journalism ethics, through the adoption of a cosmopolitan attitude. The article explains how and why ethicists should construct a global journalism ethics, using a contractualist approach. It then formulates 3 "claims" or principles: the claims of credibility, justifiable consequence, and humanity. The claim of humanity is developed further by the formulation of 3 imperatives: to act as a global agent, to serve world citizens, and to enhance nonparochial understandings. The article concludes by considering some implications of a cosmopolitan attitude for the practice of journalism.
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DOI 10.1207/s15327728jmme2001_2
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Thomas Scanlon (1998). What We Owe to Each Other. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
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