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This volume is designed to revolutionize the field of communication by identifying a broad ethical theory which transcends the world of mass media practice to reveal a more humane and responsible code of values. The contributors, representing a diverse range of intercultural perspectives, defend the possibility of universal moral imperatives such as justice, reciprocity and human dignity. Through an examination of the values in which their cultures are grounded, they provide a short list of ethical principles which form the common ground from which to view contemporary issues in the media, interpersonal communication, mediation and conflict resolution.
Chapter 6: The Arab-Islamic Heritage in Communication Ethics
An urgent concern in the global debate over a new world information and communication order during the 1970s and early 1980s centered on incompatible perceptions of communication ethics in Western and Third World nations. Although several attempts had been made toward establishing professional universal codes of ethics in mass communication (MacBride, 1980, p. 243), academic and political discussions of the issue seemed to underscore increasingly irreconcilable attitudes.
With the demise of East-West politics (which for decades had shaped international debates over media issues, including communication ethics) and with new problems confronting modern societies, the quest for answers to important questions of ethical communication has taken on a greater urgency than ever. In the ...