Ministry of Information inflames on ethics code of journalists - Adil Soz
Astana. June 19. KazTAG - The international fund for freedom of speech Adil Soz indicated new initiatives of the Ministry of Information and Public Development concerning new ethics code of journalists.
"The Ministry of Information has inflamed about the new ethics code again. But what's bad about the latest code? And the previous one? And the one before the last? Each of them has a set of decent and ineffective instructions. However, most likely a media union will appear which will follow the initiative of the Government in the hope to manage "self-regulation" of their colleagues," reads the statement.
Adil Soz has declared its official position which has been invariable for the past ten years.
“Ethics codes factually function in the states where there is no law on mass media (and there are many of such states), where the laws do not threaten a journalist with prison and downfall for his professional activities. Not global, but internal editorial codes are effective for employees," said the fund.
Under the legislation of Kazakhstan and the law enforcement practice, “self-regulation of the journalistic community is self-regulation of slaves in the gallery”.
“Let's go the following way: first decriminalize defamation, insulting, spread of false information, regulate the deadlines for filing claims of honor and dignity, regulate moral damages, simplify creation and forced closure of mass media - and then establish the code of moral and ethical rules and self-regulation,” concluded the fund .
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