Greek journalists draft ethics code to fight racist coverage of refugees



    Greek journalists draft ethics code to fight racist coverage of refugees

    May 26, Athens: The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is strongly supporting the initiative of its affiliate in Greece the Journalists' Union of Macedonia and Thrace Daily Newspapers (ESIEMTH) – who drafted a proposal for the adoption of the Anti-racism Ethics Code of the Greek journalists called The Charter of Idomeni, in the name of the border control village where thousands of refugees are passing through to reach Northern European countries.

    The aim of the charter is to preserve the social role of journalists in the conditions created by the presence of refugees, migrants, minorities and socially vulnerable groups in Greece, discourage and denounce climates of intolerance, guarantee the right to freedom of expression and press freedom and the rights of refugees and provide journalists with conditions of voluntary commitment in performing their duties.

    The full draft with 11 articles and pratical advices for local and foreign journalists covering the migrant issues still needs to be endorsed by the Panhellenic Federation of Journalists' Unions (POESY) and is open to propositions. The draft has also received the support of the Italian NGO Carta di Roma.

    The Oslo Times