Australian Media Ethics Regime and Ethical Risk Management

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Title Australian Media Ethics Regime and Ethical Risk Management
Author Sampford, Charles John; Lui, Robyn Nicole
Journal Name Journal of Mass Media Ethics
Editor Edward Spence
Year Published 2004
Place of publication United States
Publisher Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates, Inc.
Abstract Media organizations are simultaneously key elements of an effective democracy and, for the most part, commercial entities seeking success in the market. They play an essential role in the formation of public opinion and the influence on personal choices. Yet most of them are commercial enterprises seeking readers or viewers, advertising, favorable regulatory decisions for their media, and other assets. This creates some intrinsic difficulties and produces some sharp tensions within media ethics. In this article, we examine such tensions—in theory and practice. We then consider the feasibility of introducing an ethics regime to the media industry—a regime that would be effective in a deregulated environment in protecting public interest and social responsibility. In the article, we also outline a rationale and a methodology for the institutionalization of an acceptable and workable media ethics regime that aims to protect the integrity of the industry in a future of undoubtedly increasing commercial pressure.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1207/s15327728jmme1902_2
Volume 19
Issue Number 2
Page from 86
Page to 107
ISSN 0890-0523
Date Accessioned 2005-05-05
Date Available 2010-08-30T07:02:28Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Applied Ethics (incl. Bioethics and Environmental Ethics)
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/5009
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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