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Blaming the Harlots
Blaming the harlots

Should journalists be accountable? Writing in 1999 The Times columnist, Simon Jenkins, in a piece entitled ‘Don't blame the harlots’ stated: ‘The press may be without responsiblilty – who ever pretended otherwise? – but its power is a function only of what is granted by others’ (5 February). He has a point. But to deny the media's responsibility does no one any favours, least of all journalists themselves. Without mechanisms to encourage accountability, reporters themselves could become prey to the pressures of unscrupulous owners and editors to behave in ways they'd rather not. In this chapter I'll examine how responsible journalism can be encouraged.

The Limits of the Letter of the Law

Laws and codes serve useful purposes. Laws provide the outward ...

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