The Ethical And Legal Issues Of The United States Case Of Ebola

1274 WordsNov 19, 20146 Pages
The first United States case of Ebola was reported on September 25, 2014, when a man from Liberia sought help at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. That man was Thomas Eric Duncan. Duncan, who eventually died, started the spread of the virus by coming into contact with two health care workers at the hospital. Making this the start of what has become the headline for media outlets around America. The Ebola outbreak in America has sparked discussion about the ethical and legal issues a journalist must use when covering the issues involving Ebola. First a journalist must follow a foundation of Ethics. The Society of Professional Journalists provides a code of ethics in which they should act on with integrity. There are four principles that SPJ say a journalist must follow. The first being a journalist should seek the truth before reporting. By verifying information before releasing, it allows the work to be accurate. Journalists should also minimize harm by showing compassion for those who may be affected by the news, balancing the public’s need of information against potential harm of the subject. The third principle of ethics according is to act independently as a journalist. Journalists should avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived. The last principle is to be accountable and transparent. Being a journalist requires you must make sure your information is accurate and that you are showing fairness. Furthermore, a journalist story must be considered

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