Journalism, ethics and the Leveson inquiry

King, Lisa (2013) Journalism, ethics and the Leveson inquiry. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    In recent years, there has been a shift from private to public interest within the press. This dissertation examines the shift, in regards to the journalistic ethics of objectivity, privacy and democracy, to establish how these inform and affect the public sphere. Focusing on the Leveson Inquiry– into the culture, practice and ethics of the press, the events that led to the Inquiry - the 2012 phone-hacking scandal, and the recommendations made by the Inquiry. It explores the ethics of objectivity and privacy, in relation to politics, celebrity culture and the public in order to access the legitimacy of the recommendations made by Leveson for future press regulation. Through analysis of recent tabloid newspaper articles and the Leveson Inquiry Report, this dissertation concludes there is a significant need for the press to adapt in regards to the ethical standards of both objectivity and privacy, as they both are essential requirements for an effective and responsible press. However, the recommendations proposed are readily critiqued by the press and the legitimacy and sustainability of Leveson’s new regulatory system is questioned. Thus, this dissertation concludes the press needs to be regulated but this should be in the form of self-regulation rather than a government statutory system that puts heavy restraints on press freedom.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2014 08:41
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:40
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/15342

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