27.01.2011 -

UNESCO launches publication on media self-regulation in South East Europe and Turkey

A publication examining the implementation of media accountability mechanisms created, operated and followed by media professionals on a voluntary basis was officially launched by UNESCO at the Conference on Journalism Ethics and Self-Regulation in Europe, held on 27 January in Paris.

The book, entitled Professional Journalism and Self-Regulation: New Media, Old Dilemmas in South East Europe and Turkey, compiles articles authored by distinguished experts and covers Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey as well as Kosovo (as defined by Security Council Resolution 1244).


According to Jānis Kārkliņš, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information at UNESCO, "confronting old dilemmas, journalists must abide by high ethical and professional standards in an environment that is revolutionized by the impact of new technologies". In this context the publication represents a helpful resource for media professionals, news ombudsmen, researchers and civil society actors involved in the subject field, while also aiming to create awareness on the topic among a wider audience. Currently available in English, it is being translated into Albanian and Serbo-Croat.


The book was produced as part of the 30-month project, Alignment to International Standards in the Media Sector of South East European Countries, implemented by UNESCO with funding from the European Commission and in close collaboration with the South East European Network for the Professionalization of Media (SEENPM), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the Alliance of Independent Press Councils of Europe (AIPCE).


The publication is available for free download: please <a href="ev.php?URL_ID=31197&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201">click here</a>.

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