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IPDC-funded project on journalism and ethics begins in Peru

05-08-2009 (Quito)
IPDC-funded project on journalism and ethics begins in Peru
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Press Council website.
© Peruvian Press Council
Journalists and media owners in Peru will participate in a series of training courses on journalism ethics with the support of UNESCO´s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).
The project “Media, Ethics and Democracy in Peru” was approved for funding by the 53rd IPDC Bureau in March 2009 and will be implemented by the Peruvian Press Council (Consejo de la Prensa Peruana).

Radio in Peru, as in many Latin American countries, is the form of media with the broadest range. Among private radio, particularly local outlets that lack substantial funding, the indiscriminate renting of air space is a common practice. This space is often misused for campaigning, blackmailing, libel or other practices that obstruct a free press.

To address these issues, the Peruvian Press Council successfully applied for IPDC support to begin the second stage of a project that promotes self-regulatory mechanisms and ethical practices among the media.

The target group is comprised of journalists and media owners in Cusco, and in different regions of Ica, who work in over 35 urban and rural media outlets. The project will train some 60 journalists and raise the awareness of 30 media owners on the ethics of legislation, the use of frequencies and advertising, as well as on the independence of the media.

The project aims to strengthen freedom of the press through raising awareness and improving ethical standards regarding self-regulation, good journalism practices and the role of media in Peruvian society.

Each training session and meeting of working groups will generate conclusions that will be included in the analysis to be published under the title Ethics and Journalism – Report from Ica and Cusco. The project will also establish a Network for Ethics in the Media, as well as a working group to draft a document Principles of Ethical Journalism.
Related themes/countries

      · Peru
      · Training of Media Professionals
      · International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC)
      · Professional Journalistic Standards and Code of Ethics
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