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THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISTS' NETWORK - Issue #280
October 25, 2004

 BULGARIAN PUBLISHERS AGREE TO NEW CODE OF PRACTICE

 The Bulgarian Union of Publishers has adopted a new code of practice with help from a U.K.-based media ethics group.

MediaWise, formerly known as PressWise, helped the union develop the code as part of a European Union project run by the BBC World Service Trust to enhance professional media standards in Bulgaria.

The code includes 30 clauses in five sections that deal with providing information to the public, the collection and presentation of information, editorial independence, relations between the media, and the public interest. One clause allows journalists to refuse assignments that might break with the code. Others guarantee the public's "right of reply," protect personal privacy and discourage sensational coverage of crime and violence.

A copy of the code is available via IJNet at

http://www.ijnet.org/FE_Article/codeethics.asp?UILang=1&CId=249495.

 "The Code seeks to address the needs of journalists and the public as well as the publishers," says MediaWise director Mike Jempson. "It was built around discussions about the problems faced by journalists and the public's desire to receive reliable information, and to know that mistakes will be corrected and human dignity will be respected by the media."

Bulgarian broadcasters are expected to adopt the code later in 2004.

 MediaWise:

http://www.presswise.org.uk/display_page.php?id=814.

 

source: IJNet 280
published by: Daniela Mathis dma@medienhilfe.ch date of release on this site 27/10/04 

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