Ethics in Old and New Media

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Ethics in Old and New Media


Change.org.Weekly – mail@change.org provides weekly reports on significant social, political, economic and technological developments around the world. In addition to the online newsletter, it provides updates through its Blog for Change. Its articles focus on current and anticipated societal changes as a result of the economic meltdown, global warming, ethnic, resource, and territorial conflict, lifestyle changes, and new fads.This week, it cited an article by a co-founder of a leading anti-trafficking organization, the Polaris Project which called out The Washington Post for its “ethically dubious practice of profiting from brothels," and reports on homelessness, a “more effective corrections system” in criminal justice, marriage equality, vegetarians and eating disorders, and immigrants and citizenship. The first report was on Washington’s leading daily which had accepted advertisements for massage parlors which its own reporters have shown as thinly disguised brothels with women trafficked into the country and forced into prostitution. This makes the Washington Post complicit in the sexual violence of women across the nation’s capital, according to the Polaris Project. On the other hand, that some of the highly respected broadsheets such as The New York Times, Boston Globe, and Los Angeles Times had continually refused advertisements on massage parlors because of this connection. Our local codes of ethics do not explicitly prohibit advertisements on brothels and massage parlors. This is perhaps why every now and then, one would catch notices that appear to promote sexual violence in the Classified Ads. …

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