The Bali Media Forum 2013 will address a range of key issues related to promoting quality journalism at election time. These include:
- Fundamental ethical standards;
- Managing political and election coverage
- Ethics in political reporting: guidelines and codes
- Ethics and social media: who can you trust
- Ethics during elections: the role of editors, the role of the press council, the role of the election commission
- Ethnic and religious intolerance during elections
- Exposing prejudice, half-truths and lies;
- Ethics in election coverage training;
- Journalists’ ethics in election support projects.
A further important result of the Forum will be the production of a conference report that will highlight case studies of best practice in setting ethical reporting standards during elections as well as including the conclusions and recommendation of the Forum. The publication will be made widely available through the Thomson Foundation’s network of more than 5,000 alumni as well as through its network of media training institutions. The Ethical Journalism Network will disseminate the publications to its network of professional organisations and the Indonesian Press Council will make it a centrepiece of their work in preparation of the elections in Indonesia in 2014.