Montenegrin journalists made an agreement for a new revised Media Ethics Code in order to help the media of the country, which are divided in government and anti-government outlets.
A group which was consisted of representatives of Dan, Vijesti and Monitor as well as the national Media Self-Regulation Body prepared the revised Code. All the process lasted about a year and it was made with the help of OSCE and the Council of Europe.
In the new Code there are rules about online commenting, reporting on children, conflicts of interest, privacy issues, transparency, plagiarism and reporting from political rallies.
Especially online media should define their internal rules about the comments of third parties in order to avoid illegal and unethical content but always with respect to the freedom of speech.
According to the Code, Media should act in good faith even when they do hard criticism. Slander will not be accepted for any reason and neither terms that are not justified or don’t serve the public interest. Also it’s mentioned that every journalist should respect the originality of the content so they should every time refer their sources when they use someone else's content, ideas or photographs.
Dunja Mijatovic, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media stated that the creation of the new Code is a very important step and congratulated the group for their work.
She added that the self-regulation in media is a significant tool to protect the editorial independence, promote the professional standards of journalism and increase the credibility of the media in Montenegro.