moral compass, The Daniel Pearl Standard for honest reporting and fair reporting

jouralistic standards and human rights organisations

NGOs another moral compass

Judea Pearl's standard for moral clarity should be considered by NGOs

Good Reporting Is Truly a Pearl of Great Price

By Andre Oboler, in The Wall Street Journal, February 7, 2008; Page A17

Judea Pearl's op-ed "The Daniel Pearl Standard" (Jan. 30) highlights the moral compromises some media outlets have made in order to operate in otherwise hostile environments. He reminds us of the recent Hamas propaganda stunts many promoted. His reference to a priest who compares the media with biblical prophets, a moral compass of society, exposing corruption, institutional injustice, terrorism and fanaticism, is apt.

Today, human-rights NGOs are also seen as a moral compass for society. They too expose corruption and injustice. They feed the media with credible sounding sources as they comment on human-rights violations, collective punishment, and a city cut off from power -- and that was just recently as they too accepted and parroted Hamas propaganda. The "Daniel Pearl Standard" must be considered not just by journalists, but by all those working in a conflict zone. Human rights NGOs are chief among the new prophets. NGOs need to be guided by a universal moral standard.

Andre Oboler
Jerusalem

Mr. Oboler is a Legacy Heritage Fellow at NGO Monitor in Jerusalem.





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