Governance of Content on Political Suicide in Times of Financial Crisis
What we know about the act of suicide and the ways in which media are regulated to report on it has been largely based on studies and contexts of relative financial and political stability. If we approach suicide as a political act in the case of crisis, as one that constitutes an ultimate way of protest, then the question is raised, whether the codes and regulatory frameworks governing its coverage are sufficient and appropriate. Through this extreme means of communication, individuals act to protest and to demonstrate the condition of the society, automatically denying their possibility to speak out in the future.
In this paper the process of suicide as political act and as an act of silencing is discussed from a media governance perspective with emphasis on media ethics and their insufficient regulatory effect. From the point of view of the public right to know, this paper analyses the interventional practice of dismissing the social dimension of the phenomenon and limiting it to individual acts without political implications.