Associations and Unions
The Swedish Media Publishers’ Association (Tidningsutgivarna, TU) is a trading association for Sweden’s newspapers and other media companies (in the fields of TV and radio stations but also print shops and advertising companies). It can count on more than 200 members, 160 of them among the daily newspapers.
The Union of Swedish Journalists (Svenska Journalistförbundet, SJF) is the professional organization and trade union for the professionally active journalists, counting over 17,000 members in print, broadcast and electronic media. Main task of the trade union is that of promoting its members’ social and economic interests. Furthermore it seeks to promote freedom of expression through higher ethical standards: members joining the Union acquire rights but also obligations. The journalists signing their contracts with the Union, in fact, accept to comply with its statutes and code of professional ethics and not to damage the reputation of journalists as a professional body.
The Publicists’ Club (Publicistklubben, PK) is a non-profit organization. It has the main tasks of safeguarding freedom of expression and fostering the public debate. The majority of its members is composed by journalists, media operators, photographers, but it also accepts writers and researchers. The Club has six local hubs situated in different parts of Sweden. It also organizes journalism training courses.
The four associations (the Newspapers Publishers Association, the Magazine Publishers Association, the Union of Journalists and the National Press Club) together founded the Press Cooperation Committee (Pressens Samarbetsnämnd) which set up the Codes of Ethics for the Media.