Ethical Journalism Network Programme 2015
The EJN 2015 Programme for the coming year will continue to develop our main objectives which are strengthen the craft of journalism and to build public trust in media. In 2015 the EJN will follow up work on hate speech, self-regulation and actions to combat internal and external threats to good media governance.
The programme will include a second conference on hate speech to be organised in co-operation with the government of Rwanda in April 2015. This regional event for countries of the Great Lakes region of Africa will focus on hate speech at election time and the promotion of the EJN 5-point text for hate-speech in journalism.
The 2015 programme will also include specific events in partnership with EJN supporters to launch the conclusions of the 2014 multi-country surveys on self-regulation and paid journalism.
The EJN will also launch a multi-country survey of media coverage of migration issues as part of new co-operation with the International Organisation of Migration to assist media coverage in this area (see project proposal). Part of this work will include an international conference to be organised in Singapore in July 2015.
The EJN will further expand its work in the Western Balkans with UNESCO in a three-year project to promote self-regulation in the region. The work will also follow-up the initiative to promote actions to counter self-censorship in Turkey.
As part of the EJN programme to raise awareness within journalism and media on the importance of ethics, good governance and self-regulation the EJN will lead a session at the world congress of the IPI to be held in Myanmar in April 2015.
The EJN will continue work in Pakistan in co-operation with International Media Support to strengthen the ethics and good programme launched in 2013.
Further the EJN will co-operate with the All China Journalists Association in activities to promote a national ethics code and regional ethics councils for Chinese journalism.
The EJN will also continue to develop its co-operation with journalists and media in the Middle East and fresh activities are planned for Palestine, Egypt and Tunisia. The EJN works closely with the Norwegian Institute of Journalism in this work.
The EJN is also working with the OSCE to promote dialogues between journalists in Ukraine and Russia and will seek to organise an event in Serbia which takes over the role of Chair of the OPSCE in January 2015.
As part of its work, the EJN will develop proposals for new dialogues within journalism on how media can work more effectively to promote responsibility in the open information landscape in line with the conclusions of the Bali Democracy Forum 2014, particularly regarding all forms of user generated content.
EJN Partnerships 2015
Updated EJN Programme 2014-2016
- media efforts to develop a culture of inclusive journalism with effective reporting of minorities and elimination of hate-speech and inflammatory communications (training and awareness-raising through workshops and joint media actions with appropriate civil society groups)
- to encourage the transformation of state media into genuinely public service institutions (promoting policy changes needed to ensure financial and professional independence of national media institutions across all platforms of media and organising public dialogues on how this can be achieved)
- Development of codes and guidelines for online journalism including promotion of responsibility in the use of social media (using existing best-practice and models for appropriate guidelines for online communications)
- Training and awareness-raising on the importance of transparency and ethical management, unbiased political reporting, particularly at times of elections, and elimination of corrupt practices such as paid journalism (developing existing models of media reporting and codes of practice and establishing dialogues with political and state institutions).
- Europe: Western Balkans and Turkey
- Africa: Uganda. Kenya, Ghana, Great Lakes Region
- Asia: India, Malaysia, Myanmar , China
- Middle East: Egypt, Tunisia, PalestineFollow-up work in Pakistan, Indonesia, and Egypt