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Behind the Wall of Journalism

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Burundi Overcome

on 20 April 2014

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Transcript of Behind the Wall of Journalism

Behind the Wall of Journalism Profession
Journalism and Human Rights
Some background

- Journalism
- Medias
- Human rights (art 19 of the HRD)
- Independent medias
- Embedded journalism
- Ideology
- National interest

Purpose : The text debates about journalism and Human Interests.
Topic : How journalists work on human rights issues?
Thesis : Journalists need to think a few about how media play the human rights story and, for that matter, how media serve a changing world.
1st Main ideas & supporting ideas
What is reported?

Why do we tell it?
How do we tell it?
Who do tell it?
How does it interest?
The truth
Stiffest (adj.): hardest or most difficult
Restrain (v.) : to control or prevent
Aftermath(n): a consequence after a difficult situation.
Launch (v.) : to set or propel by force
Protract (v.) : to extend in time, to prolong
Bolster (v.) : to support or prop up with energy
scrutiny (n.) : close, deep study of observation
Why do we tell it?
Who do tell it?
Need to be told or not?
What need to be told or not?
Why do we tell it?
Who do tell it and how?
Title : "Journalism, Media and the Challenge of Human Rights Reporting"

Direction: Aidan White

2002, International Council on Human
Rights Policy; p. 16
 Aidan White, (2002), “Journalism, Media and the Challenge of Human Rights Reporting”, Retrieved from http://www.ichrp.org/files/reports/14/106_report_en.pdf
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 History, Ethnic Cleansing, 1996-2013, A&E Television Networks, Retrieved from http://www.history.com/topics/ethnic-cleansing
 Listening Post, “Media conflict of interest debate”, retrieved from http://videos.real.com/v/en/8tv5yu
 Oslo Freedom Forum, (2010), “Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, Reform in Burundi”, Retrieved from http://www.oslofreedomforum.com/speakers/pierre_claver_mbonimpa.html
 University of Princeton, “Monopoly on the Legitimate use of Physical Force”, CC-BY-SA, Monopoly of Violence, Retrieved from http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Monopoly_on_the_legitimate_use_of_physical_force.html

Audace Machado

 Journalism is no easy task at the best of times
• there are moments when journalists and media are confronted by a story so big that it tests their notion of Professionalism to the limit (eg. Horror of the Sept 11, 2011)
• coverage of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the aftermath was restrained.

 Debating on how journalists work and the media’s capacity to provide accurate, reliable and timely information on human rights issues:
• It is not seeking to put journalists on trial, or to make excuses for incompetence, or
• It is to define some new communications policy,
• but it fires the opening shots in a fresh debate between journalists and human rights activists and others about the role of media in modern society.

 independent media and lashings of human interest:
• search for solutions
• sensitive and non, sensational mix of journalism
• shows full of expert analysis and passionate debate

2 nd Main & supporting ideas
 how to protect their independence : unifying political ideology
• the notion that democratic pluralism
• respect for human rights
• The imperatives[2] of journalism (truth, independence and awareness of the impact of words and images on society

 contribute to building public confidence:
• promoting open debate,
• providing reliable information,
• exposing wrongdoing and corruption,
• explaining the impact of events on the world in which we live.

 how media serve a changing world:
• battle without borders,
• both journalists and rights activists have good reason to make common cause in defence of accurate information
• when journalism is the creature of political or social movements

Cases of discussion
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