The Global Peace Foundation is hosting an ethics conference this weekend in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Dec. 6-8 conference includes two sessions on journalism ethics.
“Ethical Reporting: Journalism with a Conscience” will feature Phillippines news site Rappler.com CEO Maria Ressa, Indonesia’s Jakarta Post chief editor Endy Bayuni and Malaysia’s Bernama general manager Yong Soo Heong.
According to the foundation’s website, some questions considered in that discussion will be:
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- “the relationship of objective, dispassionate reporting with advocacy journalism”
- “Does moral consciousness undermine objectivity in news reporting?”
The second session, “Ethical Journalism: The Way Forward,” is designed to be “a guided brainstorming session to identify concrete steps to improve the standards of reporting.” It will be moderated by U.S. news organization UPI’s president, Nicholas J Chiaia. Panelists are Zaid Ibrahim, former lawyer and politician,Bob Teoh from Malaysia newspaper Sin Chew Daily, and KJ John, Director of Malaysia Institute of Defence and Security.
The Global Peace Foundation’s website identifies the organization’s purpose as “to engage and organize a global network of leaders who will develop community, national, and regional peace building models as the foundation of ethical and cohesive societies, motivated by the vision of One Family under God.”