Journalism: Know your ethics!


Recently Claudia Neumann faced online hate speech for her work as one of the sports journalists sent by the German public broadcaster ZDF to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. This kind of news is – sadly – not a surprise lately as a growing number of journalists are confronted with harassment.

Journalists have possibilities to make room for their incitements in the public discourse because of their professional status and the accompanying circumstances such as publicity and well-respected opinion which can be used for personal agendas also. But this article will address another facet in the context of hate speech and media. What about harassment or unethical reporting? One major example for unethical journalism happened at one of the most renowned newspapers worldwide. The New York Times had to deal with a severe breach of any journalistic code of conduct one may find.

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