Truth, reconciliation and global ethics

Kerry Mccallum, Lisa Waller

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This chapter discusses the role of media in the global phenomenon of national
inquiries. It argues that a transformed, digital and globalized media landscape
calls for a new approach to understanding the significance of commissions of
inquiry. The chapter first surveys the networked nature of inquiry, from
international truth commissions to inquiries addressing past injustice toward
children. Informed by theories of listening, mediatization and journalism’s
norms, the chapter takes Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional
Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (2013–17) as a case study to explore the
impacts of a changing media environment on inquiries. The chapter argues the
open and boundless nature of contemporary media increases the responsibility
of journalists and news organizations to challenge their everyday practices in
reporting on these national conversations. A listening frame puts the onus on
the journalist, as witness and communicator, to listen, amplify and respond to
the experiences of the most marginalized of victims.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Global Media Ethics
EditorsStephen Ward
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783319321035
ISBN (Print)9783319321028
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2021


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