Not many years ago television companies were the only to present
video captures of news to us. The television companies had one more or less
common agreement on ethics about what to publish. Like publication ethics or the EBU statement.

Offensive speech and journalism ethics, Stephen Ward, Part 1

To day we all are publisher’s. We can publish one incident just a
minute after its captured. This we can do just by using our mobile phone,
capturing and transferring it directly
to YouTube, Facebook and other medias of the kind.

These days the news is filled with video captures of the tragic
disaster in Japan. I do not wish to give a link to them but you will find them
with just a little effort, on YouTube, or any news channel. We remember the
same with 11. September 2001, and Boxing day 2004. If you search you will still be able to find
this captures on YouTube. With still the same cruel
realism in it.

Is it okay that today’s news becomes tomorrow’s entertainment?

What does it do to us when we look at people being demolished in
real time, or when this real-time
video’s are stored on YouTube. Do we need to see it all or could cut away the
most devilish parts and leave some to our imagination?

Is it necessary for the verification of history to view people
literately being torn apart?

What about the relatives to those victims, do they have to meet this
reality in all aspects, for ever? Or do we owe them better memories about the

Do we all have some obligations to past, present and future
victim’s. Obligations to edit the captures so we can remember the victims for
the humans they where and not the torn meat they were turned in to. Humans
imagination is god at imagine this pictures. But our imagination is also god at
regulating the cruelness and realism to a level that is customised to our
individual edges.

Ezra Levant’s opening statement at the human rights commission:

How do we meet this obligation?

Who shall have the responsibility to make people conceive this
obligation they achieve by publishing?

Ethics in Information Systems and technology, Privacy Issues. By
Maureen Lara