n Communicatio : South African Journal of Communication Theory and Research - Covering HIV / AIDS : towards a heuristic comparison between communitarian and utilitarian ethics

Volume 30, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0250-0167



This article considers two approaches to ethical decision-making on the issue of reporting on human immunodeficiency virus / Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV / AIDS)-related deaths in the popular media. The conflict between cultural values and the public interest is explored via the ethical approaches of communitarianism and utilitarianism. The death of a former South African presidential spokesperson, is taken as an illustration of how these approaches might lead to different ethical decisions.

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