Council: Over six months, 5,715 articles violating the Journalists' Code
(Source: N1Info) Violations of the Code of Journalists of Serbia were recorded last year in 5,715 journalistic texts, according to the monitoring of the Press Council.
During the observed period, from July 1 to December 31 last year, the daily Alo violated the Code most, the Serbian Telegraph was second in the number of violations, while the Informer was in third place.
The Press Council says that compared to the previous year, there has been an increase in the number of violations of the Code, noting that since last year there are two new editions on the market, Objektiv and Nova.
Traditionally, Danas and Politika violated the Code the least.
The largest increase in the number of violations was recorded when it comes to the truthfulness of reporting.
“We can interpret that differently, and our assumption is that this jump happened as the elections approached, that is, at the beginning of the election campaign,” said Tamara Skrozza, a member of the Press Council’s Complaints Commission.
The ten observed dailies often violated the presumption of innocence in their texts, they did not mark paid or paid content in the prescribed manner, and the high prevalence of disturbing pornographic content was noticeable.
“The number of disturbing contents has increased due to stories about the way in which the criminal clan tortured and killed people. The fact that this information came from the top of the government does not abolish the media that transmitted it, “Skrozza emphasizes.
He adds that the problem is that children cannot be spared such content because they will see it on the front pages of newspapers.
NIN journalist Vera Didanović pointed out that the number of texts that can be suspected of being created in one center has increased, the titles are often fabricated or something that does not exist in the title itself is drawn into the title.
She adds that there was a noticeable campaign where mostly unsigned texts appeared in several different newspapers, in which a phenomenon was critically reported.
“As was the July campaign for the United Group with numerous violations of the Journalists’ Code,” she said.
The journalist also noticed that the print media often used insulting words last year, such as the term “Shiptar”.
“It happens that it is not used in the text itself, but there is obviously an editorial intervention to extract that expression in the title,” she concluded.