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Forum Addresses Ethics Questions for Online Journalism

Standards of ethics in the emerging realm of online journalism was the topic of a forum held at Minnesota Public Radio’s (MPR) UBS Forum in downtown St. Paul on Feb. 25, 2008.

On Dec. 20, 2007, the British Office of Communications (Ofcom) fined television station Channel 4 one and a half million pounds for phone-in competitions that were conducted unfairly.

At White House Behest, New York Times Withholds Story

Newspaper Knew About Pakistani Nuclear Weapons Security Concerns for Three Years

The New York Times reported in a Nov. 18, 2007 story about U.S. efforts to aid Pakistan nuclear arms security that some details of the story had been held for more than three years at the request of the Bush administration.

As news organizations seek innovative ways to boost slumping advertising revenue, journalists and commentators have spoken out when they believe the new advertising and content sponsorship plans cross ethical lines.

New York Times McCain Story Draws Criticism, Support

An article about Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) relationship with a female lobbyist published in The New York Times on February 21 prompted an immediate backlash from the McCain campaign and media commentators who raised questions about the Times’ ethics and its use of confidential sources.

Plagiarism problems plagued a variety of media in the fall and winter of 2007 and 2008, raising similar ethical dilemmas for cartoonists, romance novelists, and sex columnists and their editors.

Recent allegations of plagiarism and fabrication leveled against journalism school scholars by students have ignited heated debate in the news industry over the definition of plagiarism and appropriate punishments for such transgressions.

New York High Court Rules in Libel Tourism Case

State Legislators Consider Bill that would Increase Protections for New York Authors

The New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, ruled Dec. 20, 2007 that author Rachel Ehrenfeld could not continue her suit seeking to enjoin enforcement of a 2004 British libel judgment against her. But a month later, New York legislators introduced a bill that would effectively overrule the court’s decision and provide increased protections for New York authors.

U.S. District Court Rules against Funeral Protesters

A federal district court ruling in October fueled a debate about whether restricting protestors from picketing at funerals violates the First Amendment.

Police Say New Rules Not Related to Convention; Critics Disagree

The St. Paul, Minn. Police Department has adopted new guidelines for investigating and gathering information on protest groups.

New State Legislation Protects Dead Celebrities' Rights

On Oct. 10, 2007, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law 2007 Cal. Stat. ch 439, otherwise known as the “Dead Celebrities Bill.” The new law broadens California’s existing protections for the right to publicity, a legal principle that allows a person whose identity has commercial value to control the manner in which the person’s name or image is marketed.

In December 2007, a federal district court judge in Los Angeles held a Web site that facilitates the online downloading and exchange of copyrighted movies, television shows, and music liable for copyright infringement in a suit brought by six member studios of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

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