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05.19.2004
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
RTNDA issues recommended guidelines for airing graphic images

In the wake of the release of images from the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the beheading of a U.S. businessman by Al Qaeda captors, the Radio-Television News Directors Association has released guidelines it recommends TV journalists follow for airing graphic material.

The guidelines, which were released May 13, address issues such as when is a story important enough to warrant the use of graphic images and discusses whether to air such images with peers and those outside the newsroom before making a decision.

The association’s Ethics Committee wrote the guidelines with help from ethics experts. The committee consists of radio and television news directors.

To review the guidelines, please visit: www.rtnda.org/ethics/graphic.shtml.

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