AIBD Regional Workshop on Media Law and Ethics, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



Submitted by leeza on Tue, 01/28/2020 - 14:43


Date: 12 - 14 February 2020


“What is legal may not necessarily be ethical” and it was not enough for broadcasters and others to simply comply with the letter of the law.  In the practice of journalism, ethics deserved as much attention by media practitioners as legal rules.  Given the importance of both law and ethics to the practice of journalism, and the diversity of the Asian region, it was necessary to identify common principles and approaches that could be the building block for further and deeper understanding of more complex country specific law practices.  

To identifying what ‘public interest’ meant in particular situations, and how far that concept could be pressed in aid of journalistic conduct which would otherwise be deemed to be unacceptable.  It became quite clear that the line may have to be drawn differently in different countries. 



This workshop aims to explore legal and ethical risks in the media world and dealing with the key challenges faced by media professionals in the age of social media.



To understand and explore the rights and restrictions placed on the media in the contemporary world by:

  • Understanding such issues as defamation and contempt of court;

  • Learning about hate speech and invasion of privacy;

  • Exploring copyright issues;

  • Getting an insight into key ethical challenges.



This workshop is aimed to help participants enhance their journalistic abilities by exploring the laws and ethics regarding media and learning about;

  • Ways of achieving fairness and accuracy in reporting;

  • The avoidance of gratuitous offence;

  • The protection of journalistic sources;

  • Approaches towards sensitive treatment of vulnerable individuals and groups;

  • The avoidance of conflicts of interest;

  • Issues around ‘Sting Operations’;

  • Strategies for maintaining neutrality in reporting mews and current affairs;

  • The separation of news from opinion;

  • The limits of ‘cheque-book’ journalism; and

  • The particular pitfalls of social media;

  • How to handle press conferences.


Profile of Participants

Participants who would profit from attending this workshop include:

  • Radio & Television news editors and journalists;

  • Radio & Television programme producers;

  • Social media content creators; and

  • Those responsible for regulatory affairs in media houses.

  • Those attending are expected to understand, speak and write in English fluently.