[FoME] Ombudsmen study - fesmedia Africa series 2013

Daniela Leinweber Daniela.Leinweber at fes.de
Mi Mär 26 12:56:19 CET 2014

Who watches the watchdog? Should the media be regulated? If so, how can
this be done without infringing on freedom of expression?
The study Giving the Public a Say - How news ombudsmen ensure
accountability, build trust and add value to media organisations by
Karen Rothmyer draws attention to an approach
of voluntary media regulation which, so far, has not been much publicly
debated. Looking at several case studies and the testimony of affected
parties, Karen Rothmyer suggests that news ombudsmen (public editors)
may well be a form of effective media self-regulation. 
The African media programme of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (fesmedia
Africa, FES) hopes that the findings of this study will encourage
media houses
throughout the continent to hire news ombudsmen since effective media
self-regulation improves the quality of media coverage and promotes and
protects the work of independent media.
The study can be downloaded here:

Daniela V. Leinweber
Africa Department
Division for International Cooperation
Hiroshimastrasse 17
10785 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0)30 26935-7494
Fax: +49 (0)30 26935-9217
E-Mail: Daniela.Leinweber at fes.de
Internet: www.fes.de/afrika 


Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung e.V., Vorsitzender: Ministerpräsident a.D. Kurt
Beck. Geschäftsführendes Vorstandsmitglied: Dr. Roland Schmidt,
Godesberger Allee 149, D-53175 Bonn, Tel. +49 (0)228/883-0, Berliner
Anschrift: Hiroshimastr. 17, 10785 Berlin, info at fes.de

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