Sweden and Vietnam Share Experience in Journalists’ Code of Ethics

The two day workshop is part of the Sweden-funded project for Further Training of Journalists which has been implemented since 1994. Also joining the discussion are two Swedish consultants – Tina Bondestam and Ola Sigvardsson; and the First Secretary of the Embassy of Sweden, Ms Elsa Håstad.
According to swedenabroad.com, Elsa Håstad in her opening speech pointed to the need for any journalist from all over the world to observe the Code of Ethics.
She said: “In Sweden, we often talk about media as the 4th power in our society. The media has and should have the power to question the state, question people like me, working as a civil servant for the state. The media should always question people with power. Sweden and the EU truly believe that a strong and independent media is the foundation of a democratic society.”

Ethics must be practical
During the seminar, delegates discussed new guidelines on journalism ethics for the Vietnam Journalists’ Association and questions about journalism ethics from news offices in Vietnam in general.
Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Do Quy Doan was also part of the seminar, and he said in his opening speech:
“The compiling of a manual of journalism ethics must be practical and effective, showing the heavy responsibility of journalism toward society as a whole and each individual in the community,” thanhniennews.com reports.

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