The topic to be discussed in this seminar paper is the concept of the page 3 girl in Nigerian newspapers, with an analysis of its ethical implications. To fully discuss this seminar paper, there are basic terms that must be defined.
1.1 PAGE THREE (3) GIRL
Page Three (or Page 3) is a feature found in some tabloid newspapers, especially in the United Kingdom, consisting of a large photograph of a topless female glamour model. The feature takes its name from the tradition of printing the photograph on the newspaper's third page. Although "Page Three" and "Page 3" are registered trademarks of NI Group Ltd, parent company of the Sun, the term is often used in a generic manner to describe any such feature in any paper.
Ethics according to the Free Online Dictionary, can be defined as a system of moral principles; the ethics of a culture. The Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines ethics as the discipline dealing with what is good and bad, and with moral duty and obligation. Journalism ethics refer to the principles and practices applicable to journalists. The basic codes of journalistic ethics commonly appear in statements drafted by both professional journalism associations and individual print, and online news organisations. The most common elements in journalistic ethics include the principles of truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability as these apply to the acquisition of newsworthy information and its subsequent dissemination to the public. (www.wikipedia.org) For the purpose of this paper, ethics will be discussed as morality as regards society in general and the journalistic art as a culture.
2.0 BIBLE REFERENCES
The whole concept of the page 3 girl in newspapers as a whole is on that portrays sexual immorality, obscenity and even pornography. Apart from the fact that societies with good moral standards frown at these acts, the bible as a holy book strongly stands against these practices. There are 104 references to the word “naked” and its derivatives in 87 verses of the King James Version of the bible. In Exodus 28:42(ESV), God addressed the Israelites through Moses saying “You shall make for them linen undergarments to cover their naked flesh. They shall reach from the hips to the thighs…..” 1 Timothy 2:9 (KJV) states that “in like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest [respectable] apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety….” In relation to proper coverage of the body, Paul in 1Corinthians 12:23-24 says and those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness; for our comely parts have no need; but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which is lacked”. Asides the verses in the bible that talk about the effects of nudity, obscenity on the “doer” – the one who is actually naked, verses like Romans 14:13 state “let us therefore not judge one another anymore; but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way”. This could be interpreted to mean that social nudity may be acceptable for one person, yet might cause another person who is more susceptible to sin to falter and sin. Therefore, as Christians urged by Jesus to love our neighbours as ourselves as the greatest commandment, we are obligated as a show of love and concern, to avoid acts of nudity. However, the need to justify acts of immorality with the excuse of temptations or one not being aware that his neighbour is susceptible to sin, being the reason why sins of sexual immorality are committed are not acceptable. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-6 states that “For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honour,...