Kudos to Jazeera for condemning the recently announced "ethical charter" for Arab satellite stations:
Al Jazeera calls Charter issued by the Arab Leagueâ€™s Ministerâ€™s of Information a risk to the freedom of expression in the Arab world
DOHA, Qatar, February 15, 2008: Al Jazeera considers the adoption of the charter â€œPrinciples for Regulating Satellite TV in the Arab Worldâ€� issued by the Arab Leagueâ€™s Ministerâ€™s of Information a risk to the freedom of expression in the Arab world. Some of the language contained within the Charter is ambiguous and could be interpreted to actively hinder independent reporting from the region.
Wadah Khanfar, Director General of the Al Jazeera Network stated that, â€œAny code of ethics or governance for journalistic practices should emerge, and be governed, from within the profession and not be imposed externally by political institutions. Where codes of ethics are violated and contraventions of journalistic practice occur, for defamation of character or otherwise, there should be independent legal processes to resolve these issues. The region has seen the recent emergence of many media institutions and every attempt should be made not to hamper, but to facilitate, an environment to encourage their independence and freedom.â€�