Louise Akselsen, Behnood Fonoudi, Kennie Kirkeby & Tanja Jensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This study illuminates and analyses the arguments that the Danish tabloid newspaper Ekstra Bladet uses to defend of their representation of public figures. Our analysis consists an argumentation-, text- and picture analysis. In this context we examine how normative ethics and ethics of journalism are reflected in specific cases involving public figures. In the light of this we discuss whether normative ethics and ethics of journalism have any practical use. The discussion is based on the theories of two ethical philosophers, Jeremy Bentham and Immanuel Kant, and the views of journalist Helle Nissen Kruuse. Additionally we use the views of the media researcher Stig Hjarvards to comment on how the private and public arenas fuse and what the consequences of this are. The analysis shows that Ekstra Bladet mainly uses the argument that Danish citizens have the right to be informed about the actions of these public figures. They use several linguistic effects and satiric pictures, which support their message and negative representation of the people involved. The discussion leads to the conclusion that normative ethics and ethics of journalism do not have great practical use, but they have a symbolic use in the sense that the journalists know they cannot take the liberty to write whatever they want to. That makes ethics a necessity.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2013
VejledereCarsten Tage Nielsen


  • Ekstra Bladet
  • Medieetik