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White: Crisis in investigative journalism

November 1st, 2007 by Morten Romby · 3 Comments

The media ascending workflow is reducing the quality of investigative journalism, Aidan White claims. He urges journalist and media around the world to take their role in society more seriously.

Journalists are suffering from excessive commercialization, political pressure, falling standards and poor working conditions across Europe. These words are coming from the secretary general of The International Federation of Journalism.

“There is a crisis in investigative journalism. One of the reasons being that governments increasingly interfere with the free press,” Aidan White says at Play the Game conference.

“We need whistleblowers, but they are being suppressed and hunted by governments,” White says with a direct reference to a case in Denmark, where two journalist from the newspaper Berlingske Tidende in High Court were acquitted for using top secret documents from a whistleblower in the army intelligence agency. Aiden White also witnessed in the trial.

“We think we have a perfect democracy in the western world, but democracy is not safe – and that is among others what the trial in Denmark shows,” Aiden White says.

Aiden White also raises a serious criticism at journalists around the world and the line of business.

“We need to change the way we understand ourselves. We need reliable information from journalists. That is not always the case to day,” White says and hold the internet partly responsible for poor journalism.

Protest against crisis
The European Federation of Journalist is calling for a Europe-wide day of action in promotion of journalists rights on November 5th, 2007. “Stand up for Journalism!”, will protest against the dramatic crisis facing journalists suffering from excessive commercialization, political pressure, falling standards and poor working conditions across Europe. The events will also be a celebration of the crucial role played by European journalists’ unions for the promotion of quality journalism.

Read more about the protestday at The International Federation of Journalists website.

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