On November 25, 1999 a pair of sports fishermen found a raft floating with immigrants aboard off the Fort Lauderdale coast. Aboard were two adults and one young boy. The young boys name was Elian Gonzalez, he was five years old.
Case 9A in the textbook Media Ethics by Philip Patterson and Lee Wilkins (2008) on page 213 provides the following information. Elizabeth Brotons Rodriquez and fourteen other Cuban natives were in hope of immigrating to the United States in hope of escaping the Castro Government. Elizabeth took her son a long with her for the dangerous journey in attempt of freedom without telling her son’s father that she was setting sea. Elizabeth and ten others on the voyage drowned to death before the fishermen found the three…show more content… Pictures of a frightened family and scared Elian were captured in the home. This is unethical according to Chapter 6 of Media Ethics by Philip Patterson and Lee Wilkins (2008) which speaks about privacy and the difference between the right to privacy and a need for privacy. John Rawls theory of justice revolves around the adaptation of two fundamental principles of justice. The first principle guarantees the right of each person to have the most extensive basic liberty compatible with the liberty of others and the second principle states that social and economic positions are (a) to be everyone 's advantage and (b) to be open to all. With that being said, the media lacked an extension of privacy with the pictures they revealed. However, names of the family and people involved were not presented in this case study which makes one think that maybe they tried to protect the privacy of the family, but the pictures ruined it all by showing faces. With that being said, the legal and ethical issues involved in photojournalism in the area of privacy are…show more content… In this text readers will become aware of certain things regarding technology available for altering photos and of the ethical and epistemological issues those possibilities raise. Stated above, the young boy’s father Juan Miguel Gonzalez and his attorney presented photos to the U.S. Government that depict Elian smiling and laughing and loving life in Cuba. In this text Patterson and Wilkins discuss scenarios related to media personal changing pictures with technology advancements that make those changes possible. With these advancements was it possible that the father and his attorney had someone change photos of events to help their side of the legal issue? Was it possible that pictures posted by American Media personnel’s were altered to help support the U.S. from receiving any negative attention? The exact opposite of that approach is called eyewash. Eyewash is the use of stock photos of file footage to illustrate news stories, photos used regardless of the context of the original photograph and sometimes without consent of the subject. The day the INS invaded the Miami resident’s house, all twenty local newspapers used that day showed the image taken by a photographer of the agent pointing his automatic rifle at the terrified boy while he hid in the closet of the family’s home. Many other popular photos taken and used from that day