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A Study on the normative Formation of Function and Role of Broadcasting at the Time of National Crisis

  • Public Land Law Review
  • Abbr : KPLLR
  • 2011, 54(), pp.547-574
  • Publisher : Korean Public Land Law Association
  • Research Area : Social Science > Law

JI, SEONG WOO 1

1단국대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The modernization of the society has highly relied upon the development of technology and scientific knowledge, which now turn into the very cause of uncertainty that we are currently facing. Therefore the limitation of scientific knowledge seems to be recurred more often in what Beck referred as the ‘Risk Society’. At the time of national crisis or nationwide disaster broadcastings must always balance the public interest in full and accurate reporting against the need to be compassionate and to avoid any unjustified infringement of privacy when they report accidents, disasters, disturbances, violence against individuals or war. Broadcasting always need to consider carefully the editorial justification for portraying graphic material of human suffering and distress. When people arriving at the scene of a disaster or emergency are under pressures that make it difficult to judge whether recording is an unjustified breach of privacy, they will often record as much material as possible.  However, in such a situation, even more care must be taken to assess any privacy implications prior to broadcast. The demands of live output and speed in the use of pictures should not override consideration of the privacy of those suffering or in distress. And broadcasters must always consider public interest and avoid to send excessive sensational exclosure and so-called ‘yellow journalism’. And finally as a public instrument they must obey drastically the relevant regulations.

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