I was delighted to read about the ethical case you were assigned.
According to me death penalty is an horror... and letting people
taking it in picture is even worst.
On the other hand the issue that journalists were dealing with
after this picture was taken - if I understood correctly what
you explained to me in your message - was if it was ethical or
not to show such a thing.
You made your position pretty clear about it... My feeling is
not as clear cut as yours:
I do believe that it is awful to execute people that way...Specially
when we know that justice sometimes can make mistakes.
With death penalty, if judges make a mistake and find out after
the execution what are they going to do or say: hoops?!
Therefor I share your point of view against death penalty. Humans,
even if they are judges, are not meant to take such an irreversible
decision. It is God's "job".
But at the same time, if journalists doesn't report about it...
We, the people, are not going to deal with it... As long as we
are not personally touched. It is going to be ( as it is already)
out of our minds until some brutal image makes us remember what
our societies are able to do.
I do believe that journalists are after the big picture, either
it's good or bad... But even if the motivations are finally making
money I don't think that we can make them responsible for all
the bad thinks that we see or
read... This business has became so lucrative because of our
tastes: The question is why when a brutal image is in front page
the sales increase?
I will be glad to have your opinion about the side we disagree
By the way, there is an article that was published last April
about this issue: either or not the US states that still have
this penalty should stop it. It was an interview with, among
other people, a Judge from Texas.
Let me know if you are interested... It could be a good topic
for your final project!