Video clip ethics and the death of Saddam Hussein
Beta Alfa poses some important questions about video clip sites and the death video of Saddam Hussein. My translation.
Is it okay to publish images of real executions?
Is it okay that this clip now most likely is being spread between children’s cell phones?
Is it okay because it’s Saddam Hussein?
Would it have been wrong if it would have been an unknown person?
Would it have been wrong had it been an accident?
Should video sites take their responsibility and make this clip less accessible?
Where do you draw such a line – who decides what’s okay?
The questions could be asked of traditional media too. Still images of the dead Hussein have been shown, as well as video clips of the preparations for the hanging.
Beta Alfa writes that he has no answers to these questions. Neither do I. But they are important none the less.