oa Alternation - Privacy, Ethics and the Public Interest: Should the South African Media have Reported on Durban Businessman Glyn Taylor's Infamous Death in 1999?

Volume 10, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



The notion of privacy is a cognitive construct of enormous importance in the information society in which moral judgements characterise the content of the mass media. Making ethical decisions has been a concern of journalists at least since the early twentieth century, when many reporters wanted to be considered among the emerging groups of professionals. (Folkerts et al. 1998:388). However, attempts to determine exactly what standards of conduct and moral judgement constitute ethical behaviour have resulted in a continuing debate rather than absolute standards

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