THREATS TO THE INDEPENDENCE OF JOURNALISTS. REFLECTIONS FROM ONE SHORE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN TO THE OTHER

Fecha de publicación:
12/2012
Autor:
Cyril Lemieux
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It is an observation that anyone can make quite easily: whether you are located in the north or the south of the Mediterranean, journalists have trouble with abiding by the principles of the codes of practice insisted upon by their profession, which are supposed to give them guidance in doing their job.

But this does not mean that the difficulties with which they are faced are of the same kind, such is the extent to which, between the European Union and North Africa, neither the juridico-institutional context nor the economic context are identical. Indeed, this is the whole point of comparing the current situation of journalists on one shore of the Mediterranean and the other: analysis of the problems encountered by one set of journalists enables us to further our understanding of why the others encounter fewer, and vice versa. This comparison also leads us to envisage specific actions which, in each context, would make it possible to increase journalists’ independence.