Islamic and Western perspectives on applied media ethics


  • Saadia Izzeldin Malik Qatar University


Applied ethics, global journalism, Islamic ethics, values, Western liberal ethics


This study discusses the compatibility of Islamic theories of ethics with Western theories of ethics regarding the ethics of global journalism. The study examines Western and Islamic approaches and perspectives on ethics and applied ethics in the field of journalism. Central to the discussion are global journalism values of freedom of expression, individual right for privacy, public right to know, and the global clashing values of media ownership vs. freedom, and consumerism values vs. media values of social responsibility. These clashing media values are part of the broader practices of newsgathering and news reporting that encompass many ethical dilemmas in the field of media and journalism. The study concludes by discussing Western perspectives on character education. It also provides an Islamic moral perspective based on character education as an approach compatible with the Western perspective on moral education. This perspective will help reconcile global clashing media values.


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Author Biography

Saadia Izzeldin Malik, Qatar University

Dr. Saadia Izzeldin Malik is an Assistant Professor in Mass Communication at the Department of Mass Communication, Qatar University



How to Cite

Malik, S. I. (2015). Islamic and Western perspectives on applied media ethics. Intellectual Discourse, 23(2). Retrieved from