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Mongolia launches media ethics council

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MUMBAI: Mongolia has launched a Media Ethics Council, which will he headed by Mongol TV CEO Nomin Chinbat as chairperson.

Over the past year, journalists, editors, broadcasters, business owners and academia came together as an informal group called The Media Council Club of Mongolia and evolved into the official Mongolian Media Ethics Board. The Council will protect citizens against unethical reporting in the media and raise awareness about the importance of truthful reporting while monitoring the implementation of an ethics code for journalists. Lastly, the council will mediate between dissatisfied readers and the media.

The Council consists of 15 board members and a chairperson, while the Ethics Committee will have 15 members each in two divisions ? broadcast and radio; print and online media who will mediate on complaints made by the public about the media. The Freedom House has labeled Mongolian media as "partly free" in 2014. There have been 297 civil and 16 criminal cases recorded from 1999 to 2011 in Mongolia. 

?Mongolia?s media industry is changing by taking a positive step forward, and creating the first-ever ethics council. I am honoured that my Mongolian colleagues put their trust in me as their first chairperson. The illustrious Board and I will strive to ensure all Mongolian journalists and broadcasters utilise ethical and high quality standards. We want Mongolian citizens to trust our media and know that we are reporting in a truthful and unbiased manner,? said Chinbat.

Scholars in global media hail the importance of self-regulation in media and how it plays a pivotal role in upholding freedom of expression and protecting citizens from media misconduct.

Former communication regulator, now media NGO leader Tamir Ukhnaa said, ?The newly set up ethics council will help journalists from criminal prosecution while defending public?s right to free and unbiased reporting and overall raise the bar of reporting quality in Mongolia.?

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