Free Press - Fair Trial: The Ethics of Writing Wrongs
4/29/19, 7:00 PM
About this event
2019 Silha Center Spring Forum/SPJ Ethics Week
Free Press – Fair Trial: The Ethics of Writing Wrongs
The criminal trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor for the shooting death of Justine Damond has raised concerns about media access to court proceedings. The SPJ Code of Ethics suggests that media access to trials, as well as other information regarding crimes and criminal background, should balance the public’s right to know and the defendant’s right to a fair trial. This event will provide a platform for discussion to give journalists an ethical lens through which to make decisions on free press and fair trial issues.
•How do racial narratives impact reporting when a fair trial is at issue?
•Is reporting the criminal background of suspects always necessary, and to what extent?
•Should journalists be concerned about the court of public opinion as well as that of the actual court?
John Croman, KARE 11
Libor Jany, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Nekima Levy Armstrong, Black Pearl, LLC
Paul Engh, Paul Engh Law Office
Jane Kirtley, Silha Center/U of M, moderator
This event is co-sponsored by the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law and the Minnesota Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
- 130 Murphy Hall
- 206 Church St. SE
- Minneapolis MN