Dow Jones editor reminds reporters of ethics code

Jul 23, 2011
Dow Jones editor-in-chief Robert Thomson, pictured in June 2011, has reminded journalists that they must follow a code of ethics in a memo to all staff.

Dow Jones editor-in-chief Robert Thomson, the American flagship of Rupert Murdoch's media empire, has reminded journalists that they must follow a code of ethics in a memo to all staff.

In the wake of the phone hacking scandal that has felled the Murdoch-owned British tabloid of the World, Thomson said Dow Jones reporters needed to be alert "and hold ourselves to higher standards of probity than other news organizations."

"It is clear to every one of you how much emphasis that we collectively place on ethics at Dow Jones, but, in light of recent events in London, it is worth re-emphasizing those principles," he wrote.

In the memo dated Friday, but obtained by AFP on Saturday, he also reminded staff of "a confidential hotline that anyone can call if there is any concern of any kind about journalistic practices at Dow Jones."

Thomson, former editor-in-chief of the Times of London another paper owned by Murdoch's News Corp., took up his post at Dow Jones in 2007.

Dow Jones also belongs to News Corp. and is part of its Consumer Media Group, which also publishes The . It employs about 2,000 journalists around the world.

The reminder comes after long-time Murdoch aide Les Hinton, who served as chairman of News International during the hacking at the News of the World, resigned earlier this month as chief executive of the unit.

"It is important that all editors take responsibility for reporters in their care and that all reporters take care," Thomson added in the memo.

In Britain, the allegations spread beyond the felled News of the World to other tabloids as Murdoch's son, James, faced pressure over the extent of his knowledge of the scandal.

Former journalists at the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror -- the main tabloid competitors to Rupert Murdoch's British stable -- reportedly said the illegal hacking of voicemails was widespread at their papers too.

The scandal has also rocked the British police and even given Prime Minister David Cameron a rough ride, but has so far largely been limited to the News of the World, which Murdoch shut on July 7 amid public outrage.

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Milou
3 / 5 (4) Jul 23, 2011
What code of ethic? Who made up this "Code of Ethic"? Murdoch's empire. Why did they not use the same tactic on Bush's, Blair's, and Australian Howard's lies? The code of ethics is not to protect the public. Instead, it is used to control us.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1.2 / 5 (5) Jul 23, 2011
What code of ethic? Who made up this "Code of Ethic"? Murdoch's empire. Why did they not use the same tactic on Bush's, Blair's, and Australian Howard's lies? The code of ethics is not to protect the public. Instead, it is used to control us.
Because, obviously, you all need controlling. Always have. This is called 'domestication' and is of course best done in ways which are not readily apparent. For your own good.
JRDarby
3.7 / 5 (3) Jul 23, 2011
TWO whistleblowers connected to the scandal now found dead: www.yesbuthowever DOT com/two-murdoch-whistleblowers-dead-5000943/

More information on George Hoare: www.wsws DOT org/articles/2011/jul2011/hoar-j23.shtml

"Under these conditions, with the cause of his death still unknown, and no facts surrounding Hoares death established, the Independent decided to publish an article Wednesday that rubbished any notion that the death could be considered in any way suspicious...

A number of issues arise from these assertions. First, no one is asserting that Hoare was killed by the Murdoch empire. What is being suggested is that an inquiry into the causes of death of a man only 47 years oldand a central figure in the phone hacking scandal, where vast amounts of money [JRD: $7 billion lost in stock value so far] and high-powered political careers [British PM, several Scotland Yard officials, etc.] are at stakemust be approached with some care and caution."
JRDarby
3 / 5 (2) Jul 23, 2011
In all honesty, it blows my mind that this is not being talked about in every political and media corner. Even if nothing suspicious is afoot, this is still very serious business. We should at the very least take a strong interest in how any investigations are conducted, the personnel involved, and the outcomes.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (3) Jul 23, 2011
What code of ethic? Who made up this "Code of Ethic"? Murdoch's empire. Why did they not use the same tactic on Bush's, Blair's, and Australian Howard's lies? The code of ethics is not to protect the public. Instead, it is used to control us.
Because, obviously, you all need controlling. Always have. This is called 'domestication' and is of course best done in ways which are not readily apparent. For your own good.
Otherwise you'd ruin EVERYTHING!!?! Everything.
Birnleitner
not rated yet Jul 23, 2011
It's the stock market and the media...ethics?? Really?? Are there people actually still believing that nonsense?
omatumr
1 / 5 (1) Jul 24, 2011
Thanks for the story.

There is much, much more at work than meets the eye.

Does anyone know how I can reach Dow Jones editor-in-chief Robert Thomson?

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo
JRDarby
1 / 5 (1) Jul 24, 2011
Mr. Manuel:

The only information I can find is this:

"Factiva & Dow Jones Companies & Executives
Email [N/A]
Phone 1.877.798.0787"

http://www.dowjones DOT com/contactus/offices.asp
FrankHerbert
1 / 5 (6) Jul 24, 2011
Thanks for the story.

There is much, much more at work than meets the eye.

Does anyone know how I can reach Dow Jones editor-in-chief Robert Thomson?

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo


LMAO. Just what paranoid ramblings do you need to tell him?