Media Self-Regulatory Organizations Network

Media Self-Regulatory Organizations Network (MSON) was created as a platform for regional cooperation and exchange of experience.

The main objectives of the Network are:

– To promote high-quality, professional media and ethical journalism in their countries;

– To improve the relevance and effectiveness of media self-regulatory bodies;

– To support contacts, links and joint cooperation between the Network members for exchange of information, knowledge and experience on common media issues and issues in field of journalistic ethics;

– To raise the awareness of the Network members, media professionals and society as a whole about the principles of media self-regulation and professionalism;

– To help in review of cross-border complaints between the countries of the region;

– Cooperation in resource-raising for joint programs implemented within the Network’s scope of activities.

On October 7, 2011, in Moscow the representatives of media self-regulation bodies of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Ukraine adopted  Memorandum of Understanding – the MSON statute.

The participation of Tajikistan in the activities of MSON was later suspended, and as of today the Network unites the media self-regulation bodies of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.

Consultative Commission to Confront Propaganda

On June 16-17, 2016, in Georgia, at the MSON regular annual meeting the Consultative Commission to Confront Propaganda was formed. Its primary mission is to consider the complaints on interethnic propaganda, propaganda of war and hatred in the media and issue opinions on them.

On June 17, 2016, two documents were signed:

Regulation on Consultative Commission to Confront Propaganda

Recommendations of Media Self-Regulatory Organizations Network Regarding the spread of Propaganda in the Media.

The Consultative Commission is composed of the representatives of seven national self-regulation bodies:

Media Ethics Observatory (Armenia)

Azerbaijan Press Council

Commission on Ethics of Belarusian Association of Journalists

Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics

Press Council of the Republic of Moldova

Public Collegium for Press Complaints (Russia)

Commission on Journalistic Ethics (Ukraine)

OPINIONS OF CONSULTATIVE COMMISSION TO CONFRONT PROPAGANDA:

1. Commission Opinion on the complaint by Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics against the Haqqin.az piece “Anti-Azerbaijani Underground in Tbilisi: Secret Addresses, Money, Instructions” by Eynulla Fatullayev, published on May 4, 2017. The complaint was discussed at the September 14, 2017 session. (Мнение по жалобе Хартии журналистской этики Грузии на публикацию Haqqin.az)

2. Commission Opinion on the complaint submitted by Ukrainian Commission on Journalistic Ethics against the “CrimeaInform” news agency piece “Unfree Realities. How Much the Price for Betraying the Country Is” published on June 21, 2017. The complaint was discussed at the September 14, 2017 session. (Мнение по жалобе, поступившей посредством Комиссии по журналистской этике Украины, на публикацию информационного агентства “Крыминформ”)