Good thread mate.
I am not overly familiar with the legal aspects of this, or in fact how to quote external material (still new) , however I have found the following
contained in the Press Councils Code of Ethics.
Codes of Ethics
Most associations of journalists, and many individual news organizations, have adopted codes of ethics. Terms vary. Some codes are binding, and
violation of a provision can lead to dismissal by an employer or expulsion from a professional journalism society. But most codes of ethics, instead,
offer voluntary guidelines to help journalists make morally and professionally sound decisions. Codes thus encourage greater accountability to readers
Some codes of ethics are extremely detailed. Others offer more general principles. A good example is the Code of Ethics for the Society of
Professional Journalists (SPJ), the largest voluntary association of U.S. news reporters and editors. Its code encourages journalists to abide by four
• Seek truth and report it: Journalists should be honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.
• Minimize harm: Ethical journalists treat sources, subjects and colleagues as human beings deserving of respect.
• Act independently: Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know.
• Be accountable: Journalists are accountable to their readers, listeners, viewers and each other.
By its own terms, the SPJ code is a voluntary guide to ethical behavior. It states: “The code is intended not as a set of ‘rules’ but as a guide
for ethical decision-making. It is not—nor can it be under the First Amendment—legally enforceable.”
The SPJ has a National Ethics Committee, consisting of members from throughout the United States with a special interest and expertise in ethics.
Although the committee does not adjudicate specific complaints, it does provide guidance and opinions to journalists and members of the public.
(This is a product of the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: www.america.gov...
The question I am asking is are there any legal precedents that would allow action to be taken here or at the least sanctions by the Press Council