Media outlets follow best practices in covering death during a live broadcast

Akeed – Aya  al-Khwaldeh


Local media outlets upheld professional and ethical journalistic standards in their coverage of the recent death of a Jordanian citizen, who passed away during a live broadcast on his personal Facebook page. Outlets published news of the incident but avoided citing the video clip itself.


Local media outlets also published a headline that was suitable for the event, refraining from sensationalism and alarmism. In the body of the news pieces, media outlets described the content that the lawyer was presenting during his broadcast, in addition to citing the obituary published by the President of the Jordan Bar Association, Mazin Irshadat, about his colleague.


A number of Arab and regional media outlets, however, shared the video, which lasted for a minute, and documented the moment of the Jordanian lawyer’s death in a harsh scene, which included screams from family members and a clearly vulnerable moment for one of the sons. Akeed commits to refraining from citing the links to these media sources.


In a previous statement, Dr. Sakher al-Khasawneh, professor of media legislation and ethics, said to Akeed that there is no news value in spreading video clips like these, nor is there any benefit in sharing the name of the person who passed away, as the details of the incident are better to be forgotten. It should not be republished or circulated, in order to avoid reminding the family and relatives of the deceased, and increasing their grief over their loss.


Akeed reminds its readers of the role of the press and media outlets in sharing news with journalistic value, and of the importance of refraining from sharing news, pictures, and video clips that violate the privacy of individuals. Akeed also affirms that preserving the dignity of a deceased individual, and upholding respect for the deceased and for the feelings of their relatives, demands refrain from publishing their pictures.