"The media can be trusted to act responsibly and reflect community standards and values. Where the media fail to do so, the courts or other regulators pull them into line."

Essay by bigrichoCollege, UndergraduateB-, October 2007

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The media is a very powerful tool to show public stats, information and sometimes visual images of what is happening around the world. Unfortunately this very powerful source and theoretically to work 'good', it has to be driven by people behind the media with a right frame of mind. Unfortunately again, this is not always the case which is why a set of codes and regulations have been put in place to try and monitor what comes out from the media and to the public. These codes and regulations, the SBJ and AIA/MEAA, can sadly be very easily run all over, and loop holes can be found in more than just five places. These loop holes are exercised by reporters and journalists of all sorts each day, and most of the time can not even be second looked at, even if frowned upon by some, but it fits somewhere along side the 'code' and is not illegal.

It's the fact where people amongst the media can use the phrase "publics right to know" in their own dis-gression, and own terms, is when things can get a little out of hand.

With the way the media is run, so many areas where information can be leaked to the public and many different organisations running their own media outlet, I believe the courts and regulators have too much work cut out for them and cannot pull media that step over the boundary, straight back into line. That is if they have not worked a way around the regulators already.

Another problem is the fact the media has to be trusted and act responsible in front of such a large audience, that could be spanning country to country or just simply between different ethnic groups. Everywhere you go standards change and what people...