#GFI4SD – Post 4: Can New Media Outlets Provide Accurate Information?

 

Many panels met during the Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development to discuss maintainable actions that will hopefully result to radical innovations towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Various countries are keen to ensure that they increase the number of cities and businesses that drive changes that will meet the SDGs by the year 2030. This post follows the ‘disillusionment’ talk held on March 1st 2017, in particular a segment by Gonzalo Fanjul, Policy Director at ISGlobal and Co-founder of the Fundacion por Causa about media and its role in society (58’).

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Declining Ethics in Media Reporting

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As we approach the issue of ethics in media reporting evidenced by distorted information and unreliability of the information they present, this issue can create several questions in our minds of where the media is taking us as a society in general. The major question that remains strongly in our minds is, do we still trust the media reporting?

My attention in this post is focused on emphasizing the need for reliability of the information presented to us, majorly informed of statistics by the media. This is because lately the public trust has been abused by unethical and unreliable media reporting. With this focus it is considered that statistics are meant to provide stable reference points to provide an objective judgment but this has not been the case lately, rather they provide misleading false information.

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Last Night in Sweden

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Social media has revolutionized over the past years, and the rate at which it influences humanity is boundless (Karakas, 2009). Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms have been influential in creating a global village. With data a core aspect of social networking in an age of uncertainty, everyone can access and express their opinions on any platform and can instantly connect with thousands if not millions of people. The comfort zone, we all seek to have in our daily lives is spoon fed to us so that we get blinded by the negativity associated with the internet (Matthews, 2010).

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Information Ethics and Whistleblowing

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Whistleblowers are individuals or a group of people who bring to public knowledge any information or activity that is regarded as illegal or unethical. These activities could be in several forms such as breaching company policies, corruption or threat to national security. Whistleblowing has much to do with a person’s ethics, and as a result, numerous debates arise as to whether it is allowable or not. Those in support of it maintain that it aims at protecting the public from government misconduct. Those in the opposite camp, however, argue that it breaches confidentiality (Brown et al., 2014).

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