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Media harassment to public figures from the ethical perspective of journalists in Madrid

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Author(s): Carlos Maciá Barber, Ph. D. | Susana Herrera Damas, Ph. D.

Journal: Revista Latina de Comunicación Social
ISSN 1138-5820

Volume: 64;
Issue: 800-878;
Start page: 880;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Journalistic ethics | reporters | press | famous people | paparazzi

ABSTRACT
In the area of journalistic ethics, there is very little exhaustive fieldwork on the group behaviour in the processes for obtaining information, much less on media harassment of public figures and the ethical evaluation of the professionals themselves. In-depth interviews (30) and surveys of media professionals (410) indicate that journalists in Madrid show themselves largely in favour of harassment of politicians currently in office. Supporters and detractors of pursuing celebrities who sell exclusives are divided in equal numbers. On the other hand, those surveyed overwhelmingly reject the persecution of members of the royal family, especially their relatives, and are against the hounding of relevant personalities who do not trade in their private lives.
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