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Daily Star reporter Richard Peppiatt has quit over what he claims is the paper's anti-Muslim agenda, reported the Guardian. His letter to owner Richard Desmond is available in its entirety online.

In the letter, Peppiatt accuses the paper of stirring up Islamaphobia. In particular, he mentions two stories: one entitled "Muslims-only public loos" and a more recent one "English Defence League to become a political party." He also accuses the paper of knowingly printing fabricated stories.

In the "Muslims-only public loos" story, the paper inaccurately stated that a Rochdale shopping center had used taxpayer's money for Muslim only toilets. In reality, the toilets were available to all and being paid for by the shopping center itself, according to BBC News. A complaint was made to the Press Complaints Commission, and the Daily Star was told to issue an apology.

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Meghan Hartsell

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2011-03-07 16:12

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A media accountability system (MAS) is any nongovernmental way that encourages media organizations and journalists to respect the ethical rules set by the profession. As defined by the Reynolds Journalism Institute's MAS page, all MAS aim at improving news media, but they are extremely diverse: codes of conduct; ombudsmen and media-oriented nongovernmental organizations.

A press council (or news council), wrote RJI, is the best-known MAS. All press councils differ from one another. In its ideal shape, a press council gathers and represents all three major actors of social communication: the people who own the power to inform, those who possess the talent to inform and those who have the right to be informed.

It usually follows a Code of Practice to investigate complaints from the public about editorial content in the media. Media members and lay members usually form it.

It is a self-regulatory body and it has no other power than accountability and public trust as its effectiveness depends on its credibility and on the cooperation between actors involved. It's all about fair and trusted journalism.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-03-07 14:58

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News flash: Carlos Irwin Estevez, a.k.a. Charlie Sheen, is allegedly in the process of writing his tell-all memoir about starring on the American TV sitcom, "Two and a Half Men." Otherwise in the news, U.S. Congress may close its doors if Democrats and Republicans can't agree on the budget, massive bloodshed and civil exodus persist in Cote d'Ivoire, and Libyan rebels may invoke UN air strikes against el-Qaddafi.

But, you know, Sheen's alleged book project is totally newsworthy.

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Ashley Stepanek

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2011-03-02 15:20

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Some news organizations this February faced the same ethical dilemma, but chose different and opposing answers. How should newspapers handle information that may endanger a life?

Monday 21st Feb the Guardian revealed that Raymond Davis,
an American now in prison in Lahore after being charged with the murder of two Pakistanis in Lahore, worked for the CIA.

As the article reported, Davis has been subject of widespread speculation since the fatal shooting on 25 January, but the Obama administration said he was an "administrative and technical official" attached to its Lahore consulate and had diplomatic immunity.

Citing a senior Pakistani intelligence official, the Guardian said of David's link with the CIA, "it's beyond a shadow of a doubt".

The paper also revealed that "a number of US media outlets learned about Davis's CIA role but have kept it under wraps at the request of the Obama administration" because his life might me at risk if his identity was divulged.

Among those US news organizations were The New York Times, Washington Post and Associated Press, as Yahoo's the Cutline reported.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-02-28 14:07

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How can journalism call for accountability and transparency from those in power if it can't prove itself to be accountable and transparent?

The story of Buffalo Beast's editor Ian Murphy and its improper behaviour in obtaining journalistic information might remember us that A comes before B.
As the Milwaukee - Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reported, Ian Murphy, pretending to be the conservative billionaire businessman David Koch, a financial supporter of Gov. Scott Walker, had a recorded 20-minute phone call with the governor and obtained governor's reflections and strategies for dealing with protesting union workers and trying to lure Democrats boycotting the state Senate back to Wisconsin.

The article described the call as a prank.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-02-24 19:06

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Churnalism.com is a new website launched by the UK's Media Standards Trust, aiming to identify when and how much national news organisations copy and paste from press releases. Members of the public can paste the text of a press release into a box on the site, and it then compares the text to more than 3 million articles to look for similarities.

The site lists news articles that appear to have used the press release entered, and allows users to see what percentage of a press release has been used, what percentage of the article is based on that press release, and how many characters overlap between the release and the article.

It also offers a 'visualisation' of the article containing the press release text, and aims to enable readers to compare the two side by side.

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Emma Goodman

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2011-02-24 19:04

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The Washington Post announced that Patrick Pexton will become the news organization's next ombudsman. Pexton's two-year term with The Post begins March 1. He replaces former ombud Andrew Alexander.

"As ombudsman, Pexton will represent readers who have concerns on a variety of topics including accuracy, fairness, ethics and the newsgathering process and will serve as an internal critic for Washington Post journalism. He will also promote public understanding of The Post and the media more generally", the Post says.

Pexton was formerly deputy editor for National Journal, where he spent in total 12 years, of which the last 8 as deputy editor, directing the coverage of foreign affairs, defense, intelligence and homeland security in addition to running the magazine day-to-day.

Katharine Weymouth, publisher of The Washington Post said that "Patrick's respected and accomplished background working in newsrooms for over 25 years makes him ideal for the role of watching over The Post's journalistic integrity and addressing and responding to our readers' concerns".

Previous ombud, Alexander, joined the Washington Post in February 2009 and serve as the paper internal critic since January 2011, publishing his last column on Jan 21st.
He was former Washington bureau chief of Cox Newspapers .

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-02-23 18:52

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Is the line between advertising market pressure and editorial integrity becoming thinner?
Within the crisis much of the press is facing, being able to attract more advertising can be a critical factor in a publication's survival. And branded, or 'advertorial' content has become more popular: content published in the layout of an article. It is vital, when using this, however, to maintain editorial integrity.

As Journalism.co.uk reported
, the Association of Online Publishers has taken an interest in how media outlets can take advantage of branded content without losing readers' trust and held a conference entitled "Maintaining editorial integrity and making partnerships pay" on February 17th in London.

"The line between advertising and editorial is set to blur even further this year. Some say we're going to see more advertising moving toward content, and more acceptance of that, while others warn of inevitable damage to editorial integrity", AOP said presenting the event. While for years advertisers have been trying to align ever more closely with publishers brands online and cross-platform, now different models between simple partnerships are emerging, especially as digital advertising becomes richer and more complex - it noted.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-02-21 16:36

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Here is a link to New York Times photographer Damon Winter's photo series, "A Grunt's Life", which won the third place award in the Pictures of the Year International "Feature Picture Story - Newspaper" contest. No one seems to be questioning the quality of Winter's work; rather, there was been a stir of debate regarding the series' lack of objectivity in capturing the "reality" of the War in Afghanistan. Does the old school, discolored, oversaturated, plastic toy camera feel of the photographs, which was created through the Hipstamatic app on Winter's iPhone, detract from their validity?

Several critics argue "yes." According to their perspective, the overtly artistic nature of this series pushes the photographs out of the objective realm of "photojournalism" and into the subjective realm of "photography". Essentially, these critiques argue that in order to give the most truthful, accurate visualization of reality to the viewer, it is "photojournalists'" ethical responsibility to shoot unadulterated photographs. "Photographers", on the other hand, are free to use any artistic means necessary to produce their "view" of reality, but this should been seen as opinionated rather than unbiased work.

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Paul Hoffman

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2011-02-15 17:41

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