Development of the professional journalistic standards in Uzbekistan
Round table discussion on "Improving the professional ethics and responsibility of journalists" in conjunction with the World Press Freedom Day was held on May 2, 2013 in Tashkent.
The roundtable was organized by UNESCO Office in Tashkent, in cooperation with the Public Fund for Support and Development of Independent Print Media and News Agencies of Uzbekistan and the International In-service Journalists Training Center, with support of the UNDP and the World Bank Representation in Uzbekistan. Round table brought together legislators of the Oliy Majlis (Supreme Council) of the Republic of Uzbekistan, journalists from the regional and capital media outlets, representatives of the academic sector as well as Embassies and missions accredited in Uzbekistan.
At the opening ceremony, Stephen Priesner, UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan, noted that the theme of World Press Freedom Day 2013 is "To speak without fear: to ensure the freedom of expression in all media". "Around the globe, the UN supports countries in adopting the principles and the development of legislation to ensure freedom of expression and dissemination of information. It is encouraging that the idea of the rights to freedom of expression is maintained in Uzbekistan at the high level", - said Mr. Priesner. Also, Takuya Kamata, the Head of the World Bank in Uzbekistan, Gyorgy Szabo, Coordinator of the OSCE Projects and Swiss Ambassador to Uzbekistan H.E. Ambassador Nicola Bruhl welcomed participants.
Presentation on the code of ethics and self-regulation of the media with examples of UNESCO’s activities in this field was presented by Krista Pikkat, UNESCO Representative in Uzbekistan.
Also, participants heard presentations on the national experience in this area. Rukhsora Ibragimova from the National Association of Electronic Mass Media of Uzbekistan shared with colleagues the experience of the association in development the code of ethics and its use in the practice, mentioning the importance of objectivity and impartiality.
Huge interest and discussion was around the presentation of the Professor of Journalism of the National University of Uzbekistan Mr. Khurshid Do'stmukhamedov. By reviewing the media in Uzbekistan and the CIS countries with practical examples of ethical dilemmas faced by journalists, Professor noted that freedom of expression should not lead to immorality and journalists are obliged to follow by the code of ethics. Also, Professor Dustmuhamedov proposed the development and wide distribution of the national media ethics code, at the same time emphasized that there is a need for establishment of the body that will consider such ethical issues of media practices.
Video-conference with Ms. Lyudmila Andronic, the Secretary of the Media Council of Moldova, provided an opportunity to learn about the experiences of Moldova in the creation of the media council and the code of ethics, illustrated with practical examples.
At the conclusion of the roundtable, after an exchange of opinions, questions and answers between experts and journalists, Ms. Krista Pikkat noted that UNESCO stands ready to support the development of a code of ethics and the development of media self-regulation mechanisms based on international standards in Uzbekistan.
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