Meeting of the Network of the Press Councils
A regular regional meeting of
the informal Network of Press Councils of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova,
Russia, Tajikistan and Ukraine was held on 22-23 March in Tbilisi.
The event was organised in the framework of the European
Union - Council of Europe Joint Programme Â« Promoting Freedom, Professionalism
and Pluralism of the Media in the South Caucasus and Moldova 2011-2012 Â»,
implemented by the Council of Europe.
Participants of the meeting presented current developments in
their respective press councils and discussed issues related to elections and
the media â€“ professional challenges for journalists during the coverage of
Parties to the meeting approved the declaration against
discrimination on any ground by media professionals, effective mechanisms in
this regard being a proper implementation of relevant codes of ethics for
journalists and affiliation thereto. To this end the declaration called on media
professionals to join the existing national platforms of self-regulation and to
abide by them.
During the meeting different organisational issues concerning
the structure and mode of functioning of the Network were also discussed. The
Assembly comprising of one member from each country will henceforth ensure the
proper administration of the Network.
Furthermore, all interested people will soon be able to join
the Network on Facebook, which will also be used as one of the coordination
tools during its day-to-day activities.
An informal Network of the Press Councils of Armenia,
Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Ukraine was set up in June
2011 with the support of the Council of Europe and a Memorandum of Understanding
between the Press Councils signed in October the same year.
For more information see: www.coe.int / www.coe.ge