The reading, Media-citizen Reciprocity as a Moral Mandate, this past week shone light on how journalists have moral duties and ethical obligations to keep. Yet, my question is, with cultural difference does these obligations change and if they do, is that okay?
Growing up in the Middle East and then moving to the U.S. to study journalism made me understand how different both of these cultures were, media wise.
Even though in the Middle East there would still be coverage of war, brutality, homelessness and other human interest aspects, there would rarely be an article that would stand up against the dictatorship or any corrupted power, if any.
However, journalists in the Middle East have to face so many difficulties and one of them is being capable of reporting the facts and at the same time not end up in jail or worse, killed.
I’d like to share with you an article that shines a bit more on the difficulty journalists have to go through in the Middle East to try to stick to their professional obligation and morals. The article also explained why journalists in the Middle East could be considered as courageous.
I hope this article provides you with extra information about journalists in a part of a world that not many are aware of.