Brown envelope journalism and African ethics

What you need to know:

  • The same argument also assumes that poorly paid journalists cannot be expected to be objective and independent. It also implies that lowly paid people have weaker ethical standards than, for instance, our inordinately overpaid members of Parliament.
  • Related to this is the reality that journalism is practised in context. If the entire political and social system of a country works through a murky system of give and take, it is likely to affect how journalism is practised.

The Daily Nation recently carried out a campaign against what is commonly known as “brown envelope” journalism.


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