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Media and Public Shaming

The media today, and especially the national press, are frequently in conflict with people in the public eye, particularly politicians and celebrities, over the disclosure of private information and behaviour. Historically, journalists have argued that 'naming and shaming' serious wrong-doing and behaviour on the part of public officials is justified as being in the public interest. However, when the media spotlight is shone on perfetly legal personal behaviour, family issues and sexual orientation, and when, in particular this involves ordinary people, the question arises of whether such matters are really in the 'public interest' in any meaningful sense of the term. In this book, leading academics, commentators and journalists from a variety of different cultures consider the extent to which the media are entitled to reveal details of people's private lives, the laws and regulations which govern such relations, and whether these are still relevant in the age of social media.
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Table of Contents

Foreword - Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve Introduction - Julian Petley 1.To Punish, Inform and Criticize: The Goals of Naming and Shaming - Jacob Rowbottom, Oxford University 2.Public Interest or Public Shaming - Julian Petley, Brunel University 3.The Right of the Press to Know or the Individual Right to Privacy - Brian Chama, Roehampton University 4.Privacy and the Freedom of the Press: A False Dichotomy - Simon Dawes, Nottingham Trent University 5.Disclosure and Public Shaming in the Digital Age - Hanne Detel, Eberhard Karls Universitat Tubingen, 6.Public Shaming of Individuals and Companies through Social Media - Desislava Manova-Georgieva, Sofia University 7.Differences in Self-disclosure among Cultures: A Comparative Study in Social Networking -Jingwei Wu, Free University Berlin 8.Comparing Crime Rituals in Sweden, Holland, England, and North America - Romayne Smith Fullerton, University of Western Ontario and Maggie Jones Patterson, Duquesne University 9.The DSK Scandal: Mediating the Desire for Authenticity - Julia Lefkowitz, American University Paris 10.Public Interest and Individual Taste in Reporting an Irish Minister's Illness - Kevin Rafter, Dublin City University 11.Public Figures, Privacy and Co-regulation: The David Campbell Affair - Tim Dwyer, University of Sydney 12.Naming and Shaming an Innocent Man: Allegations Against John Leslie - Adrian Quinn, Leeds University 13.British Journalism after the News of the World - John Lloyd, Financial Times and Reuters Institute

About the Author

Julian Petley is Professor of Screen Media in the School of Arts at Brunel University, a member of the editorial board of the British Journalism Review and of the advisory board of Index on Censorship. He has recently co-edited Moral Panics in the Contemporary World (with Chas Critcher, Jason Hughes, and Amanda Rohloff), and his most recent publications include Film and Video Censorship in Modern Britain and Censorship: A Beginner's Guide. A former journalist, he is co-chair of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom.


'Media and Public Shaming' is a significant and timely book. It should be read by everyone interested in the future of journalism and news media.' Bob Franklin, Professor of Journalism Studies, Cardiff University

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