A Game-changer to drive News Credibility: RSF and Partners publish JTI Standard on Journalism

first_imgRead the Standard document hereMore information on JTI is available here. News Reports and statisticsOnline freedomsMedia independence Internet Organisation On 19 December 2019, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has officially issued the Standard document, that was developed by the ‘Journalism Trust Initiative’ (JTI) over the last two years. After its launch by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) with its partners Agence France Presse (AFP), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Global Editors Network (GEN), over 120 experts and institutions participated in the drafting stage of JTI. As a benchmark for self-assessment and voluntary disclosure of media outlets, the JTI Standard features 18 clauses that range from ownership and sources of revenue to the editorial process, including topics like correction policies, labelling of opinion or sponsored content, and ensuring accuracy. Every newspaper, or news agency, TV channel or radio station, website or blog can use it as a checklist for a thorough, internal diagnosis of its manufacturing chain and for optimizing it, if needed. Media outlets are encouraged to meet the requirements of the JTI Standard and to be transparent about it. Full compliance may potentially be validated through an external audit as it is common in many industries. Journalism worthy of its name must be clearly distinguishable, by humans and by algorithms. That’s why JTI has translated mostly existing professional norms into machine-readable code. At the production level of journalism, these commonly agreed criteria of quality and independence can drive transparency and get verified to reinstate trust. To that end, JTI provides indicators for media outlets to self-assess and comply with – and for citizens, advertisers and regulators to recognize and reward it. It does not, however, allow for the rating of individual pieces of content as such a mechanism might be misused to curtail the freedom of speech. Over a time-span of 14 months, a dedicated, diverse group of participating organizations and individuals developed the final text by consensus. During a public consultation phase, over 200 comments on the draft standard were received and most of them, fully or in parts, incorporated in the document. It was then adopted by a majority, with one vote against and two abstentions, at a plenary session of participants in Brussels on 22 November, 2019. RSF_en December 18, 2019 – Updated on January 15, 2020 A Game-changer to drive News Credibility: RSF and Partners publish JTI Standard on Journalismcenter_img Like any other standard, JTI is driven by demand. Algorithmically driven indexing, ranking and distribution of news, particularly by social media platforms and other tech companies, is under growing scrutiny. Therefore, externalizing this process and source, govern and further develop the underlying criteria independently, is becoming a viable option that JTI can deliver. Both Facebook and Google had joined the group of stakeholders early on and contributed to its work, particularly with a view on the machine-readability of this Standard document. JTI was invented to translate this growing demand into tangible incentives for media outlets that chose to apply this Standard in the first place. Compliance with professional norms is an investment that must pay off, in audience’s trust, in reach and visibility, limitation of liability, and eventually in better business. The voluntary, self-regulatory and multi-stakeholder approach of ‘official’ standard setting is proving this logic in other sectors every day worldwide. It is a tested and scalable mechanism that JTI now makes accessible for every media outlet, big or small. Ethically and professionally sound actors in the information space deserve a competitive advantage, which the ‘Journalism Trust Initiative’ is facilitating very practically. Related documents cwa17493.pdfPDF – 474.53 KB After a first drafting and pilot phase in 2019, RSF and its partners will refine and offer an online tool for JTI self-assessment. In addition, a mechanism for independent audits will be further developed. This second phase starts now. Reports and statisticsOnline freedomsMedia independence Internet Help by sharing this information Also, media development actors, as well as regulatory and self-regulatory bodies, like press councils, participated and now consider the JTI Standard as a valuable instrument to better fulfil their diverse duties. Advertisers, last but not least, have expressed their vested interest in criteria and related signals that can steer spending towards safer environments online, in order to protect the integrity of their brands, and thus help to remonetize journalism worthy of the name. The Standard resulting from the ‘Journalism Trust Initiative’ is available from 19 December 2019 to serve as an instrument to promote transparency and accountability of news media, but also to incentivize and reward compliance with professional norms. Its development, initiated by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), has been facilitated by the French standardization body AFNOR and supported by its German sister organization DIN on behalf of the European Committee for Standardization.last_img read more

Five arrested over discovery of stolen Limerick cars

first_imgNewsFive arrested over discovery of stolen Limerick carsBy Staff Reporter – September 1, 2016 1229 WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash The stolen BMWFIVE men have been arrested in Limerick as part of a crackdown operation against the theft of cars.An Garda Siochana’s Operation Thor has been active throughout the country and the latest spate of arrests occurred when gardai from Roxboro Road, Henry Street and Newcastle West Garda stations carried out a number of planned searches under warrant.The searches were carried out on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Operation Thor was set up to target the criminal activities of a number of gangs in the region.The arrests were made after gardai established links to a number of males and the stolen vehicles.Garda stopped a 142 registered BMW that had been stolen in Castletroy the night before and a male (27) was arrested on the southside of the city.As a result of a follow up operation, a 141-registered Volkswagen was also recovered.The stolen Nissan that was recovered as part of Operation ThorGardai later uncovered a 142 registered Quashqai that had been taken from the South Circular Road.As part of the ongoing investigation, four males aged between 17 and 20 were arrested and have been detained under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act for questioning. Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email Previous articleSing out Loud CD release to raise funds for assistance dogNext articleOld Crescent’s Rosbrien journey #OldCrescent #Limerick #Munster #Rugby Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Advertisement TAGSGardaílimerickOperation Thor RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Printlast_img read more

Deceptions of the Drug Trade

first_imgGuest Comment by Geoff Fischer“Prohibition doesn’t work”.This claim has been repeated so often that people have come to believe it is true.  Yet all the evidence shows that prohibition does work.   When a manufacture, trade or use of any commodity is prohibited the supply and consumption of that commodity declines. Demand also declines, because the social disapprobration implicit in legal prohibition discourages casual or experimental use of drugs.“Organised crime takes over the manufacture and distribution of any prohibited commodity”. This is a truism.  If trade in a particular commodity is prohibited by law, then people who engage in that trade are by definition criminals.  However the reality is that organised crime is attracted to the commercialisation of  any kind of human vice, regardless of whether it is legal or illegal.  Both globally and locally criminal gangs are involved in the business of legal prostitution and gambling. The reality is that unpleasant people become involved in unpleasant activities, and the people who have been involved in the legal trade in synthetic cannabis to this point have been at best amoral, and at worst thoroughly nasty types.  The reality is that New Zealanders are being asked to pander to organised crime by legalising every form of human vice, and no society can afford to do that.“We need to control demand.  Supply side control doesn’t work”.  This claim is disingenuous.  The liberals who argue against control of supply are the same people who try to justify “moderate” drug use on the grounds of personal gratification and social utility.   They don’t want control of supply because they want to satisfy the demand.  They themselves do nothing to counter the demand for drugs.“Regulation is better than prohibition”. Regulation puts the stamp of social approval on drug use, and creates the false impression that regulated drugs are “safe” drugs.  It gives a wide range of people and institutions (including merchants, regulators, politicians and the treasury) a financial stake in the drug industry, and thereby  a motive to maintain and expand the trade in drugs.  It provides a basis for the self-justifying tautological liberal catch-cry “It (prostitution/gambling/liquor/tobacco/synthetic cannabis) is a legal industry and therefore should not face any form of discrimination or hostile bias”.“Users will suffer severe withdrawal symptoms when drugs are prohibited” That is true, but it is not a valid argument against prohibition.  Once social evils have been tolerated and allowed to take root in society, the process of returning to a more normal state of existence will involve considerable individual suffering and significant social costs, but the suffering and the costs of allowing the evil to continue unabated will be much much greater.Geoff Fischer is a father to 4 sons, with 3 grandsons and 2 granddaughters and counting!  He divides his time between his home in Rotorua, his work on various industrial projects around the North Island, and his favorite tramping grounds in both islands.last_img read more