February 25 and 26, 2020 the conference “The ethics of media practice and the falsification of consciousness in a turbulent world” is held at Qatar University.
Professor Basyouni Hamada (Qatar University) and I present the paper “Journalists’ Ethical Orientations in Western and Muslim Majority Countries: Two different empirical models of practice”.
Abstract: This paper is based on a cross-cultural comparative analysis of journalists’ ethical orientations in Western and Muslim majority countries that reflect two opposing culture groups. This approach employs the model of the most different system’s design in order to account for cultural diversity. Where journalism values, norms, and practices in Western countries are rooted in the liberal theories of journalism, in Muslim majority countries, they are determined by both repressive political, socio-cultural context and of the Islamic worldview. To empirically test the most controversial, yet theoretical arguments on the universality of journalism ethics, we extracted two clusters of Western and Muslim Majority Countries out of the Worlds of Journalism Study (WJS) where each cluster comprises 12 countries. Muslim countries group includes Albania, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Kosovo, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates. The Western countries group includes Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, UK, and the USA.