Professional Journalistic Standards and Code of Ethics

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Chris Elliott meeting Egyptian journalists

This website is a public knowledge resource on media accountability issues and provides an overview of existing media accountability mechanisms in various countries..

The website provides relevant media standards for different countries concerning freedom of expression; access to information; and ethical and professional standards in journalism.

It features principally three thematic sections:

  • Media Legislation and Regulations provides examples of general media laws and regulatory frameworks at both national and international level.
  • Regulatory Bodies features existing press councils and relevant professional networks, and presents a brief overview of different types of media ombudsmen. This section also includes examples of media councils/ ombudsman that have arbitrated and adjudicated on complaints against the press.
  • Codes of Ethics provides links to the codes of ethics and professional standards based upon self-regulation.

The Resources section of the website includes materials related to media accountability and self-regulation such as publications, websites and useful contacts where one can find more relevant information on the subject.

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