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About Aidan White

Aidan White is the founding director of the Ethical Journalism Network, an international coalition of media professional groups campaigning to strengthen the craft of journalism. He launched the network in 2012 after 24 years as general secretary of the International Federation of Journalists. Its programme this year includes support for journalists in the Middle East, Africa and Asia and two multi-country investigations, on corruption in journalism and the effectiveness of media self-regulation.

Articles by Aidan White

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The little boy lost whose picture helped get the media back on track

How have media around the world – and the social networks – helped shape the refugee crisis into a more sensitive, humanitarian and people-focused story?

When it comes to the migration story, words matter

There are important distinctions to be made between ‘migrants’, ‘refugees’ and ‘asylum seekers’. Responsible journalists must remember the rules of their trade, when covering ‘the migration story’.

Could a free-for-all web culture be the death of the BBC?

High quality content costs money. As households are squeezed by austerity the corporation must demonstrate the links between its funding mechanism and the democratic service it provides. 

Migrant “cockroaches” and the need to tame tabloid hate

The moment for action is now, in the election run-up, but current regulation of the British press offers no prospect of fast-tracking urgent and serious complaints. 

Journalism for sale: can media overcome the corruption now threatening the newsroom?

Peter Oborne's revelations were just the tip of the iceberg. Corporate influence runs deep in the media.

Charlie Hebdo: how journalism needs to respond to this unconscionable attack

The killings at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo highlight the threat to media workers in a world where free expression faces many violent threats. But they provide no excuse for hateful rejoinders.

Beyond Al Jazeera: Egypt’s chilling verdict on media freedom

The draconian treatment of three Al Jazeera journalists who have been sent to jail by a Cairo court amidst worldwide condemnation is a sharp reminder to aspiring democrats in Egypt that the Arab Spring in the media is close to collapse.

Egyptian editors organise to confront media crisis

The military-backed government has sought to enrol journalists as foot-soldiers in its battle against the ousted Muslim Brotherhood. But when editors met this week in Cairo, a collective spirit stirred. 

Media monopolies versus editorial independence: signs of hope in Korea

The spread of corporate power in the media is a serious threat to quality, independent journalism. But a global perspective is a healthy counter-balance to pessimism: as Korea illustrates, progress in taking on unwarranted media power is possible.
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