Blog e cybercensura: la guida di Reporter Senza Frontiere

bookrsf.jpgAvete un blog? Bene. Lo aggiornate? Bene. Ci scrivete sopra ciò che volete? Ancora meglio.

Rallegratevi, perchè siete fortunati. In molte parti del nostro pianeta, purtroppo, scrivere sul web non è un diritto. Figuriamoci se lo è scrivere ciò che si vuole.

E' per questo che Reporters Without Borders, alias Reporter Senza Frontiere, ha creato una guida con lo scopo di dare alcune "dritte" ai blogger che vivono in zone del mondo in cui vige la cybercensura.

Nella guida (qui in pdf) c'è un capitolo dedicato all'etica dei blog. Non fa male darci un'occhiata. Ecco alcune parti significative.

"All ethics codes are created for one essential purpose: to instill trust. If a reader (or viewer or listener) cannot trust the report, there is usually little reason to bother in the first place. The exception, of course, is looking at material that is known to be unethical, as much for instructional purposes — we can learn a great deal from watching unethical people’s behavior — as to gain true knowledge.

For me, ethics is about something quite simple: honor. Within that word, however, is a great deal of territory. But unless we act with honor we cannot expect people’s trust.

In American journalism, trust is often associated with a standard we call "objectivity" — the idea that an article should offer balance and nuance, giving the reader the chance to make up his or her own mind. I believe objectivity is a worthy but unattainable goal, because we all bring our own biases to everything we do.

In a world of new journalism, where we shift from a lecture to much more of a conversation, ethical journalism depends less on codes of ethics than the values and principles that are a foundation for honorable journalism.

There are pillars of good journalism: thoroughness, accuracy, fairness, transparency and independence.

The lines separating them are not always clear. They are open to wide interpretation, and are therefore loaded with nuance in themselves. But I think they are a useful way to approach ethical journalism, and they are notably easier to achieve in an online setting. Let’s look at each".

Per continuare a leggere la guida, cliccate qui.  



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