» UNESCO supports Press Council in Serbia to act against online copyrights infringement
24.06.2016 - Communication & Information Sector

UNESCO supports Press Council in Serbia to act against online copyrights infringement

Awareness-raising activity of the Press Council in Serbia. © Press Council in Serbia

Serbian Press Council held a consultation with Serbian editors and journalists regarding the online copyrights infringement on 7th June 2016 in Belgrade. This activity was organized as part of the UNESCO EU-funded Project “Building Trust in Media in South East Europe and Turkey”.

24 editors and journalists from the most prominent online media in the country participated in the event voicing their greatest concerns in particular about online copyrights infringements and the lack of incentive to pursue fact-gathering stories because those are frequently immediately republished by other online portals. The republication of texts, images and videos taken from another media, without permission and without quoting the source, has indeed become a common occurrence in Serbia. This practice has translated into an increasing tendency for media outlets to act as complainants against other media to the Press Council in Serbia.

Participants of the consultation suggested solution to the current problems focused on expanding the Serbian Journalists’ Code of Ethics by producing a supplementary handbook which will strictly focus on providing greater details and instructions concerning online journalism and will deliver exhaustive directives on respecting copyright issues, securing preventive actions.

 

An eight member working group was established, as a part of the project activities financed by the Ministry of Culture and Information, which will analyse the current problems, prepare a comparative analysis of the solutions offered by counterparts in EU member States and will produce a handbook which will serve as a supplement to the existing Journalists’ Code of Ethics. The first meeting of the work group has been arranged for 21st June 2016.

 

As part of the UNESCO EU-funded Project “Building Trust in Media in South East Europe and Turkey”, the Press Council in Serbia also printed new flyers introducing by the amendments to the Statutes and the Rules of Procedure of the body, finalized in January 2016. The flyers are a handy way of introducing the Press Council’s work, jurisdiction and mandate to the general public and are distributed at public events.




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