Coronavirus is a huge story, so journalists must apply the highest ethical standards in how they tell it – Denis Muller

13 03 2020

From an ethical perspective, covering the coronavirus story is really hard to do well. The reason for this lies in an inherent conflict between two ethical obligations: the obligation to truth-telling and the obligation not to add unjustifiably to public anxiety. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: Four laws that need urgent reform to protect both national security and press freedom – Denis Muller

21 06 2019

In a perfect world, Australia would introduce constitutional protections for freedom of the press. But since the chances of that are next to zero, it might be more productive to look instead at what might be done to make the existing web of secrecy laws less repressive. Read the rest of this entry »





Christchurch attacks provide a new ethics lesson for professional media – Denis Muller

6 04 2019

File 20190319 28505 2sy5jp.png?ixlib=rb 1.1Two basic rules of media ethics apply to the coverage of terrorism: avoid giving unnecessary oxygen to the terrorist, and avoid unnecessarily violating standards of public decency. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: Media power, why the full story of Murdoch, Stokes and the Liberal leadership spill needs to be told – Denis Muller

28 09 2018

File 20180920 107692 j03jv5.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The first German chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, said there were two sights the public should not see: the making of laws and the making of sausages. To this list of enduringly nauseating spectacles we should add one more: the political machinations of media moguls. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: A modern tragedy, Nine-Fairfax merger a disaster for quality media – Denis Muller

27 07 2018

File 20180726 106511 eurlv2.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1All deaths are sudden, even if long expected.  Appropriately enough, this is the opening sentence of a book called Journalism in a Culture of Grief. And if ever there was a time of grief for journalism in Australia, it is the announcement that Nine Entertainment is taking over Fairfax Media. Read the rest of this entry »