How Corruption and Conflicts of Interest Stalk the Newsroom!

This publication, “Untold Stories“, edited by Aidan White of the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), highlights  stories of corruption and conflicts of interest in media activities that influence various countries in the world.

AMEP has neither the capability nor the resources of EJN to investigate corruption and conflicts of interest within Australian media, or among our journalists. But we can ask questions? And, our questions, exploration, background study and instincts convince us there are many untold stories of conflicts of interest within boardrooms and newsrooms, and among commentators, presenters and journalists in Australia.

The vital resurgence of the Fourth Estate as a key structure to consolidate the sustainable personal and social flourishing of Australians, and our society, demands that corruption and conflicts of interest be cut off at their roots. Independent and ethical journalism is vital.

EJN points to 8 recommendations (pages iv and v) that are needed in any agenda for change.

In respect of these, and in relation to Australia, we ask the questions:

  • Are our instincts sound?
  • Is the EJN framework of recommendations generally sound?
  • If so, which 2-3 of the 8 would have the greatest and speediest impact, if seriously tackled by a few good people?
  • Who might those people be?


About Bob Simpson

Bob is project manager of The Australian Media Engagement Project (AMEP). He believes that ethical and independent journalists are vital to the continuing freedom of Australian citizens. You could argue that In recent decades media organisations have subtly subverted journalism to their own private commercial interests, and away from an integrated sense of fairness, well being and shared prosperity in Australian society, especially for the disempowered. AMEP aims to change general media narratives towards greater fairness, well being and shared prosperity in Australia.
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