A dangerous trend for freedom of the press in Japan

By Takeshi Maezawa Journal of Communication Studies © 2001 Freedom of the press is threatened in Japan. Ruling parties, administrative authorities and some civil organizations have been eager to suggest legal restrictions for the mass media. On Oct. 11, 2000, the government’s Committee on the Protection of Personal Data submitted proposed legislation that would authorize […]

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Public Inauthenticity: a Crisis of Falling Expectations

By Jack Fuller President, Tribune Publishing Co. It is a rare pleasure to be here today. When I was editor of the Chicago Tribune, I learned that an editor is expected to speak with authority about pretty nearly everything. But since I have moved over to the business side of the newspaper, or as my […]

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Keynote address for “Access ’99”

By Paul McMasters The Freedom Forum Paul McMasters, First Amendment ombudsman for The Freedom Forum, delivered this address on March 18, 1999, at “Access ’99,” a conference sponsored by the Virginia Coalition for Open Government at Montpelier, the home of James Madison, in Orange County, Virginia. I just hosted an all-day conference Tuesday on freedom-of-information […]

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The clash of the paradigms

By Dr. Deni Elliott Practical Ethics Center University of Montana It doesn’t take a psychic to predict journalistic backlash. Take any scandal or any sensational event that dominates the news shows and news columns. The public will be riveted by the story. They will read the same rumors in three different newspapers and news magazines. […]

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1997 survey of ONO members

To: ONO Members and Friends From: Elissa Papirno Re: Results of ONO survey Date: April 7, 1997 At long last, here are the results of the survey that was distributed to ONO members last December. The idea was to evaluate some of the new ways ombuddies are using to communicate with readers, from e-mail to […]

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Ethics and the media

By Richard P. Cunningham Quill © 1995 Joann Byrd gave The Washington Post what reads like a B-plus in press ethics as she turned over The Post ombudsman job to Geneva Overholser, former prize-winning editor of The Des Moines Register. Byrd went back to Washington, where she had been editor of the Everett Herald, to […]

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