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"The Hidden" : Investigative Journalsim
Transcript of "The Hidden" : Investigative Journalsim
AP Stylebook Rule
- Is "lying to reach the truth" the same as "the ends justify the means"? Is it justifiable?
- Who says that something is "vital" for a society?
- When is a society ready to accept investigative reporting? Do you think this one is?
- Is it acceptable for her and the program's team to lie about who they are in order to expose an issue?
- Is it acceptable for the program to air and shoot material without taking consents / despite disapprovals?
that journalists have a responsibility to disclose
they used it [subterfuge] and to justify their actions.
What is investigative journalism?
1. Journalism that does not merely report an ‘official’ news agenda but researches stories that
when brought to the attention of the public. Typically these stories
concern ethical wrongdoing
such as government or corporate scandals.
2. A form of
popularist television journalism
where the reporter (typically with hidden camera and microphones) is placed in potentially dangerous situations.
The Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics states that
- Investigative TV program titled Al-Mestakhabi
( The Hidden in Arabic).
- Aired on Al-Kahera wal Nas channel.
- No permissions
- Controversial coverage ( of taboos).
Mona Iraqi and "The Hidden"
Communications Officer, Stefanie Chernow wrote for the website of the Ethical Journalism Network
" The Hidden" :
journalists should "avoid undercover or other surreptitious methods of gathering information
traditional, open methods will not yield information
to the public."
" In the end it is the
that must decide whether the action was appropriate, but in order to do that, they have to be
that it has happened in the first place."
You write that a victim was
only when someone has been convicted in court. Otherwise, write that a victim was
Chernow, Stefanie. “The Ethics of Undercover Journalism: Where the Police and Journalists Divide.”
Ethical Journalism Network
. Ethical Journalism Network, 14 Nov. 2014. Web. 29 Mar. 2015.
. Oxford University Press, 2011. Web. 29 Mar. 2015.
Iraqi, Mona [@mona_iraqi]. [Mona Iraqi] [Profile Picture]. Twitter. 29 Mar. 2015.
"SPJ Code of Ethics."
Society of Professional Journalists
. Society of Professional Journalists, 2014. Web. 29 Mar. 2015.
"Homicide, Murder, Manslaughter.".
. Associated Press, 2014. Web. 29 March 2015.
By Nour Ibrahim
March 29, 2015