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INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISTS' NETWORK
IJNet - Issue #287,
December 13, 2004

 BULGARIAN MEDIA UNITE BEHIND NEW ETHICAL CODE

 Representatives from media throughout Bulgaria have signed a new ethical code, committing themselves to providing the public with accurate and unbiased information.

 The November 25 signing followed months of discussions and consultation. A team of Bulgarian and international media experts helped develop the code as part of the BBC Phare Media Support Project to improve journalism standards. The code addresses information gathering, the protection of children, non-discrimination, coverage of crimes and brutality, and editorial independence.

The code also calls for the creation of a Council of Journalistic Ethics, which would oversee implementation of the new code.

Project consultant Yashe Lange spoke at the signing ceremony. Lange said this marked the first time that journalists and owners, print and electronic media, media outlets and associations, and city and regional media had united behind a single code.

Signers included the Association of Bulgarian Broadcasters, the Bulgarian Media Coalition, the Union of Bulgarian Journalists, the Union of Publishers in Bulgaria, and the Association for Regional Media. Forty-five media outlets added their signatures immediately following the ceremony.

The project continues to accept additional signatures. Bulgarian media outlets and organizations that would like to sign should contact the BBC Phare Project Office at (+359) 02-980-77-45.

An English version of the new code: http://www.ijnet.org/FE_Article/codeethics.asp?UILang=1&CId=263653&CIdLang=1.

A Bulgarian version: http://www.i-learn.co.uk/BulgariaEN/GetFile.aspx?id=4799.

For more information: http://www.i-learn.co.uk/BulgariaEN/News/2004/11/25/News4820/.

 

source: IJNet287
published by: Daniela Mathis dma@medienhilfe.ch date of release on this site 15/12/04 

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