John Francis replied 1st Apr '15:
Far more important than not causing offense is not damaging someone's reputation without just cause. Offense is highly subjective, and much important journalism has the potential to offend.
Bindu Bhaskar replied 12th Feb '15:
The power of the mass media should never be underestimated. Any damage caused cannot be easily undone or revoked. Journalists must be sensitive to the consequences of offending someone when their work appears in the public domain. There is a critical difference between unsubstantiated opinion and thoughtful prose. Journalists must be guided by reason and not emotion. Understanding the politics of victim-hood and speaking up for real victims should remain a constant endeavour for journalists. This might offend some powerful vested interests. Journalists must struggle to find a balance between the right to object and the right to offend.