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Volume :43 Issue : 4 2015      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Ethics of Publishing Crime News in Kuwaiti Press :A Field Study on the `Communicator' in a Sample from Kuwaiti Newspapers

Auther : Menawer Bayan Alrajehi

The Current study aims at observing the role and traits of the `communicator' in Kuwaiti Newspapers from the standpoint of the publishing ethics of reporting crime news. It surveys editors of crimes and accidents in a sample of local papers, and hopes as a result to push the Kuwaiti press forward towards a higher degree of professionalism. The study relied on a survey covering a sample of 98 male and female editors in the departments of crimes and accidents in various Kuwaiti newspapers and concluded with the following results:
- Respondents agreed on some qualities and characteristics that were deemed incumbent in editors of crime news, chief of which were accuracy, honesty, honour, boldness, strong personality, intelligence and observing aocial customs and traditions.
- Most of the respondents wanted or asked for a crime and accident news page. They felt that crime is but an inseparable part of social reality, and that ignoring this reality will prevent the newspaper from performing its duty as a mirror of social life. Also, publishing crime news will alert members of the society to the need to be careful and avoid situations that can invitie crime. Moreover, ignoring covering crimes gives people False Feelings of Safety and makes them more vulnerable to criminals.
- Most respondents opposed Faults that are committed during coverage such as publishing photos and names of suspects before their being officially indicted, or publicizing their names in small or first time cases. Such practice can be injurious to the dignity of Kuwaiti Citizens as it defames them in the public eye, and consequently only entice them to commit more crimes..
Keywords: The Ethics of News Covering - Crime News Publication - Kuwaiti Journalism - Communicator - Public Opinion - Journalistic Gatekeeper - Crime News Editors - Journalism

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