I came across this incredibly powerful photo essay about domestic violence on TIME today. It paints a portrait of a domestic violence victim and brings up the issue of journalism ethics, specifically if a journalist should interfere. I wrote about this a few years ago when the question was posed by Cord Jefferson (then at GOOD).
Should Journalists Interfere: A Harder Question than it Seems
Over at GOOD magazine, Cord Jefferson posed the question: “Should Journalists Who Witness Killings Try and Stop Them?” While it might be tempting—from a humanitarian point of view—to answer “yes,” that might not always be the case.
Jefferson wrote this piece in a response to a New York Times story about a mob beating in Diepsloot, South Africa. A freelance journalist recorded the beating on film and did nothing to intervene. (You can read an account and subsequent investigation of the beating here.) Continue reading “Should Journalists Interfere: A Harder Question than it Seems”