Trust: a case study of the intersection of doctors' and journalists' ethics
Sidley, Patricia Rosemary
This research report tells the story of a doctor and a journalist who, at the height of Apartheid’s State of Emergency, placed themselves at risk for the sake of practicing their professions ethically. They chose to defy the law, and bring to the attention of the public, the plight of many detainees who suffered at the hands of the State. In the report, I set out to give an account of the events and to ethically reflect on the actions of the two professionals involved. In particular, I consider the role played by professional codes of conduct in the actions of the two professionals and I reflect on the notion of trust as a centrally important ethical conception with respect to the events described.