Free press vital for transparent society, say journalists

Journalists always desire free, courageous, bold and independent journalism, and this leads to transparency in society, said the vice chairman of the International Organization of News Ombudsmen, or ONO, at a conference in Istanbul, entitled “Professional Standards and Self-Regulation in Media and the State of Play of …Media Policy in Southeast Europe.”

“Our main goal is to fight corruption, unfairness, injustice and crimes of humanity as well as moral and political values,” said Yavuz Baydar, who also works at daily Sabah. “Only clear and open press can contribute to an open and clear society. For media, it is vital to be transparent and accountable in order to fight elements in any society that resist transparency,” he added.

Read a full report from Hürriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Read the full text of an address to the conference by Jacob Mollerup of The Danish Broadcasting Corp.

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