A bicommunal meeting which aims to promote cooperation between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot journalists in order to enhance mutual understanding between the two communities in Cyprus and thus help the negotiating process towards a Cyprus solution, will be hosted in Nicosia in the near future by the Union of Cyprus Journalists, under the aegis of the OSCE.
The above decision was the outcome of a round table discussion in Vienna, recently, according to a Union of Cyprus Journalists press release.
Dunja Mijatović, the OSCE media freedom representative, addressed the roundtable discussion between Cypriot journalists expressing her office`s readiness “to continue providing a platform for this important process and thereby assist Cyprus in strengthening free expression and media freedom,” an OSCE press release says.
“I trust that following this gathering, several additional meetings will take place with the goal of involving all stakeholders in the discussions on the role of quality journalism in informing the public in this crucial period in Cyprus,” she said.
Participants, the OSCE press release adds, discussed ways in which jointly agreed ethical standards, based on accuracy, fairness, independence and accountability can strengthen press freedom and improve the public’s access to pluralistic information; how self-regulation can help promote media quality while preserving editorial freedom; and how they can help build trust and credibility in the media by improving quality standards in media outlets.