Individuals are expected their right to privacy will be respected and adhered to by media professionals, because privacy is a basic human right. There is no precise definition of privacy as it is difficult to distinguish from other basic human rights. As a news director, I would certainly use the tape as a piece of evidence for the conversation which took place between the helpline and Karla. Karla’s situation may have been different if the helpline team had reached on time and helped her to solve her problem. People who are given responsibilities in the public sector must recognize that the local community and their lives need protection (Meyer, 2002). However, these situations are rare because with regard to journalism, the right to privacy of individuals is given huge importance in the public’s eye.
For telecasting the news, we would have certainly telecasted it at 5pm as this would have received more coverage and a large quantity of individuals would have viewed this. News media is one of the major sources of the general public’s access to information and it exposes those people who need to be public in eye and whose actions can affect the lives of individuals.
I would certainly televise the tape in full as this would help the relevant authorities to have a clear view of what the travesty was about. Though this could be regarded as an invasion of privacy to a certain extent, it is highly important to telecast it in full as the full details are essential to be heard. As a journalist, our rights to privacy are intact because publication of private facts about the public officials is exposed. Such facts may be offensive but for the safety of individuals, they are of high importance
My main motive for using the tape is to raise awareness in the public eye of what is happening behind them in the name of privacy. It is a fact that journalists have to practice their profession in a manner which can prioritize the individual’s core right to privacy (Smith, 2008). However, at times the general public has the right to know the facts behind their incident. In my opinion, the general public has the right to be aware of the things that concern their safety and also the thing which can have affect on their way of living. By incorporating the incident of Karla and her unfortunate death, individuals have an inherent right to know regarding what is going on in their surroundings because it does concerning their safety and security.