problem 1: prepare brief definitions of five of the given words, terms or abbreviations, comprising a clear explanation as to their significance in ethics and regulation:
b) The Reynolds Defense
f) Sensitive places
g) Release forms
h) Subliminal messages
i) Photosensitive epilepsy
j) Whistle blowers
problem 2: The declaration of principles on the conduct of a journalist was formally agreed by the IFJ in 1954 and was updated at their conference in 1986. What are the major terms of this declaration and how must they impact on the everyday conduct of the journalist?
problem 3: Critically assess, with reference to suitable exs or case studies, the statement by Professor Chris Frost that “the duty of the press to inform is frequently used to justify publication not only of information relevant to that person’s public office (ex: the taking of bribes) however as well details of their private life (like a sexual liaison) which might have no direct relevance to the carrying out of their public responsibilities”.
problem 4: Describe the statement that “The ‘due impartiality’ need on broadcast journalists is an unreasonable restriction on freedom of speech”.
problem 5: Give a definition of Taste and Decency and Harm and Offence, differentiating between the two and describe the relevance of both to operating regulatory systems.
problem 6: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was introduced in the year1989 and sets out the rights of the child in 54 articles. Among other things, it sets out the approach to children and to ensuring their special care and protection. What are its major terms as they affect the media and how are they interpreted by the Press Complaints Commission?
problem 7: Journalists must never reveal their sources and the law in all countries must be strengthened to protect this fundamental principle. Illustrate this statement, particularly with reference to the circumstances where a journalist might be compelled to provide the police and the courts with the information they need.
problem 8: What duty does a journalist owe to his sources – comprising protecting those sources – compared to the duty owed to the audience?