It’s important for editors, reporters, sub-editors, and photographers to realize that, when they get it wrong, people can suffer directly. Sloppy, unprofessional work on these subjects always hurts the vulnerable in some way. That means always: checking and cross-checking information, being aware of the veracity of sources, being mindful of the language we use and the context in which information is presented.
While there is widespread awareness of the importance of accurate reporting some journalists continue to print or broadcast myths and misinformation about migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers. Inaccurate terminology and commentary have increased confusion and that breeds prejudice.
We remind you once again that the professional and ethical standards of journalism oblige all journalists and editors to objectively, comprehensively, uniformly and humanely report on migrants and refugees, without using hate speech, discrimination, and referring to violence.
The production of the brochure is co-funded by the European Commission – EU Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (EU FPI) within the project “Enhancing Social Cohesion in Communities Hosting People on the Move”.