How the NUJ defines the public interest.
- The public interest includes:
- Detecting or exposing crime or a serious misdemeanour;
- Protecting public health and safety;
- Preventing the public from being misled by some statement or action of an individual or organisation;
- Exposing misuse of public funds or other forms of corruption by public bodies;
- Revealing potential conflicts of interest by those in positions of power and influence;
- Exposing corporate greed;
- Exposing hypocritical behaviour by those holding high office.
- There is a public interest in the freedom of expression itself.
- In cases involving children, journalists must demonstrate an exceptional public interest to over-ride the normally paramount interests of the child.
NUJ (2002) Definition of the public interest. Circular 55 to all branch secretaries from NUJ Ethics Council, February. London: National Union of Journalists.