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Local journalists to self-regulate Mongolian media

By M.ZOLJARGAL

The Press Council of Mongolia has been recently formed with the aim to self-regulate the local media without dependence to any political or business parties.
Its 45 official members held their first meeting with the public on Wednesday and introduced the aim and function of the council, which are to ensure press freedom, defend journalists’ rights, develop ethical journalism, as well as to protect the public’s right to be informed with accurate and complete information.
The council will operate as an NGO. It comprises of Managing Board, Ethics Commission for Newspapers, Magazines and Websites, and Ethics Commission for Television Channels and radio Stations.
Board and commissions’ members were appointed from the 45 members through official conferences of the council in Ulaanbaatar and in provinces between January 23 and 27.
Media representatives selected the members from among their fellow journalists working in the local media sector.
The council will receive complaints from the public about news broadcasts, articles on newspapers, magazines and websites, television and radio programs, as well as photographs and review them to check whether they meet journalism ethics.
If the council finds violations of ethics, it will demand the news outlets to release retractions.
The council expects to regulate media-related complaints and issues within the sector without pushing the public to take the issues to court and spend an extended period of time on having them processed on trials.
The council hopes to reduce the load of the courts, self regulate allegations made about journalism ethics without reaching out to the Criminal Code of Mongolia through court, regain trust of the public, and improve the reputation of Mongolian journalism.

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