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You, a reporter currently working as an intern, accompanied a small group of reporters to a political event organized by the ruling party’s state unit. The party was followed by dinner where you were also asked to join. Here, you noticed that alcohol was being served to some members of the ruling party. Consumption of alcohol had been declared illegal in the state a few months ago and the ban is being enforced strictly across the state. The other reporters in your group ignored the issue and asked you to ignore it as well. However, it was clear to you that the law was not being followed.

Topic: Case Study

7. You, a reporter currently working as an intern, accompanied a small group of reporters to a political event organized by the ruling party’s state unit. The party was followed by dinner where you were also asked to join. Here, you noticed that alcohol was being served to some members of the ruling party. Consumption of alcohol had been declared illegal in the state a few months ago and the ban is being enforced strictly across the state. The other reporters in your group ignored the issue and asked you to ignore it as well. However, it was clear to you that the law was not being followed. (250 words)

(a) Identify the issues involved in this scenario.

(b) What are your duties in such a scenario?

(c) What course of action would you follow and why?. 

Reference:  Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Lexicon Publications

Why the question:

The question is a case study based on ethics involved in maintaining law and that in politics and its breach.

Key Demand of the question:

First identify the ethical concerns in the case and address the questions one by one with ethical dimensions in mind.   

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with facts of the case.

Body:

The answer body must have the following aspects covered:

Discuss issues such as political apathy, insensitivity and lack of values.

Highlight the duties as an ethical journalist and a responsible citizen.

Discuss the action which you would take.

Conclusion:

Conclude the answer with a fair and balanced opinion.