YPC Weekly Newsletter

2008


MEDIA ETHICS OBSERVATORY CONFINED ITSELF TO A CIRCULAR LETTER

On April 3 at Yerevan Press Club another session of the Media Ethics Observatory
was held. As it has been reported, the mission of the MEO (established in March
2007 by the heads of Armenian media that supported the YPC initiative) consists
in considering the complaints-appeals regarding the violation of the Code of
Conduct of Media Representatives and presenting its opinion on them. The Code
of Conduct and its appendix, the Declaration on Election and Referendum Coverage
Principles, is joined by 31 media as of today. The initiative is also supported
by 8 journalistic associations (see YPC Weekly Newsletter, December
14-20, 2007
).

At the session of April 3 a decision on the complaint of “GALA” TV company
regarding a report of “Azdarar” newscast of “Tsayg” TV company on January 31,
2008 was made. Since the subject of the dispute is not regulated by the Code
of Conduct of Media Representatives, the MEO refrained from making a judgment
on the complaint. It was decided to send all the members of the initiative a
circular letter, summarizing the problem, raised by “GALA”.