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EthicNet

EthicNet is a collection of codes of journalism ethics from most European countries – Europe understood widely as by the Council of Europe. The collection has accumulated from numerous research projects carried out since the late 1970s at the University of Tampere, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, in cooperation with UNESCO and the International Organization of Journalists. The latest updating was done by a project on the development of journalism ethics in Finland and Europe funded by the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation.

The collection in June 2008 includes altogether 50 codes from 46 countries – from Albania to the United Kingdom (the latter with two codes). When EthicNet was established in 1995, the collection included 31 codes from 30 countries. Half of those earlier codes have since been updated and an additional 19 codes have been adopted. EthicNet provides not only access to individual codes but also an overview of the codes as indicator of contemporary thinking among mainstream journalists in the region. An inventory of the contents of the codes can be found in the Search part of this website. There one can also look up individual keywords throughout the codes.