Dilemma of Deception-To Do or Not To Do A Review of Literature on Ethics of Deception by Media

Dr. Jayati Sharma

Abstract


The meaning and the value of ethics, for a person, depends upon an individual’s knowledge and understanding of ethics, good, bad, objectives and possible repercussions of his/her actions. Even after awareness of ethical standard; how far one follows them, is deeper inquiry; especially in the area of applied ethics. Ethics is a term which is subjective, individualistic and circumstantial in nature; demanding a great sense of understanding of the impact of one’s action over the larger set of people.  The concerns gets deeper when the outcome of a professional practice impacts a large number of people .Journalism is one such professional area where the consequences of journalistic actions affects mass culture and society. The study of ethics, with specific reference to journalism practices has been the subject of academic inquiry since long. However ethics of investigative journalism is a difficult area to study majorly because different journalists and philosophers often have divergent and opposing opinions on the strict observation of ethics when it comes to the actual practice of journalists. This paper is a summarized encapsulation of the various research contributions made by national and international scholars on professional ethics and deception by media.


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Applied Ethics, Journalism, Deception, Sting Operations

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