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CJE and IMC signed a memorandum on cooperation

26.11.2021, 16:55
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On November 25, the Commission on Journalism Ethics and the Independent Media Council signed a memorandum on cooperation, aiming to coordinate their efforts to protect independent journalism and freedom of speech in Ukraine. This was reported on the website of the Independent Media Council.

"The important point is that the parties have identified their key competencies in the document - and it is this clear definition that will make coordination efficacious: avoiding redundance, but complementing each other's key competencies," the statement said.

In the memorandum the parties agreed as follows: 

-To coordinate their efforts to protect independent journalism and freedom of speech in Ukraine.

-To take all possible measures to protect independent public service broadcasting from political, economic pressure and any form of censorship.

-In its activities, to take as an objective to prevent the transformation of media activities into the promotion of scandalous or artificially sensational content, devoid of any public interest; propaganda, misinformation, sexism or any other manifestations that threaten the very nature of professional journalism.

-To agree to coordinate efforts for expert assessment of the most complex and dangerous phenomena that occur in the media field of Ukraine.

-To agree to coordinate efforts to develop recommendations and proposals to the regulator - the National Council of Ukraine on Television and Radio Broadcasting.

-To promote the ideas of independent professional and ethical journalism by developing guidelines, recommendations, and at the same time conducting public discussions and training events.

-They reserve the right to develop and publish both their own and joint comments and recommendations to individual media companies, journalists and authorities in order to improve legislation and other procedures that affect the quality of journalism and freedom of speech in Ukraine.

It will be recalled that the Commission on Journalism Ethics is a body of self-regulation of journalists and editorial offices in Ukraine, which discusses and proposes resolving conflictual situations in the media by considering complaints from consumers based on a single standard of work - the Code of Ethics of Ukrainian Journalists.

The Independent Media Council is a public advisory and expert body designed to promote high professional standards of journalism and self-regulation in the Ukrainian media sector by providing expert opinions, comments and recommendations based on international standards, national legislation and ethical standards of professional journalism.

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