28 October 2016

INSIDE ETHICS BLOG: Kosovo Calls for Media Coalition to Build Trust in Media

Rights and Jobs in Journalism

I was delighted to attend a meeting of the European Federation of Journalists in Zagreb this week for the launch of their new handbook on Building Stronger Unions in Europe. The connection between the rights and security of journalists and our ability to report independently and impartially was highlighted as a serious consequences for the freedom of the press by union representatives from around Europe. The situation is perhaps most acute in the Western Balkans and Turkey where our building trust in media project is gaining momentum following recent work in Serbia and Kosovo.

Next week we will be publishing a declaration from our successful workshop on migration and hate speech for journalists and editors from East Africa and Central Africa, which was also attended by representatives from the international (IFJ) and African (FAJ) journalist federations.

As always, please get in touch if you would like more about what we are doing and potential ways we can collaborate.

Tom Law, EJN Director of Campaigns and Communications
Facebook Says It Still Isn't a Media Company Despite Deciding What's Newsworthy (Fortune)
What journalists need to know.
(Journalist's Resource)
Europe vs Africa:
The refugee double standard
(Al Jazeera)
5 key considerations for ethical virtual reality storytelling (
BURUNDI: Mounting press freedom crisis in Burundi (CPJ)
SOUTH AFRICA: 'Disappointed' at Independent Media's Press Council exit (News 24)
LIBYA: Why is independent journalism so important? (Rory Peck Trust)
ECUADOR: New fact-checking site in Ecuador seeks to help citizens look beyond the lies of the upcoming presidential election (Knight Center)
US: CNN’s pro-Trump posse clouds its journalism (CJR)
US: How a lack of regulation and absence of a strong public broadcaster has impacted the coverage of US politics. (Al Jazeera)
US: The Debates Were a Failure of Journalism (New York Times)
BANGLADESH: Media barons choke freedom of press in Bangladesh (bdnews24)
NEPAL: An independent Nepali media has never been more needed (BBC Media Action)
FRANCE: Strike at news channel 'symbolic' of greater struggles in journalism (France 24)
UK: Complaint from Green party over Calais refugee images (Guardian)
UK: Press regulation in Britain: a step forward – and a step back (The Conversation)
UK: Revenge of the tabloids (Guardian)
LEBANON: Arab Journalists Learn Religion Coverage (Huffington Post)
Communicating on Migration in Times of Xenophobia

On November 4, the EJN’s Tom Law will be speaking at the 2016 Annual International Organisaion for Migration-Civil Society Organisation consultations to present the findings of our Moving Stories report, guidelines for migration coverage and our work to prevent hate speech in media.


New Translations of the EJN 5-Point Test for Hate Speech

The Council of Europe, European Federation of Journalists, UNESCO, and other partners have helped us translate the EJN 5-point test for hate speech into 7 new languages including Albanian, Dutch, Indonesian, Macedonian, Serbian, Turkish, Ukrainian. The test is already available in Arabic, English and French.

Visit the Accountable Journalism database of codes of media ethics

La Red de Periodismo Ético lanza una nueva guía para cubrir la migración (IJNET)
More solidarity needed while reporting on migration issues (EFJ)

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