Ethical weaknesses in emergency communication between national authorities and the public

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Initial research findings concerning seven leading Israeli national authorities and the communicative practices they use or plan to use during emergencies show that public authorities facing emergencies tend to develop four areas of professional and ethical weakness that require attention: (1) The theory vs. practice conflict, in which spokespersons for public authorities do not migrate automatically from their routine promotional orientation to one directed at saving lives; (2) Interorganizational differences between the impressively high standards of the Home Front Command and the remaining authorities studied; (3) Intraorganizational differences—while emergency staffs and their managers dedicate themselves to saving lives, spokespersons continue their focus on the image of their authorities and (4) Professional differences—information personnel such as emergency campaign managers, webmasters, information officers etc. dedicate themselves to saving lives more easily and thoroughly than spokespersons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-271
Number of pages10
JournalCommunication Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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