OpisMEDIJavanje – A guide to the news you release into your world!

During emergencies, the public obviously and clearly expresses the need for timely and accurate information. Panic is the enemy of emergencies, while a lack of timely and accurate information is a trigger for panic.

Also, in the absence of such information and due to the public’s need for it, disinformation or „fake news“ emerges.

Lack of quality information and disinformation undermine the security and quality of our lives and societies.

In the coronavirus pandemic which has afflicted people from all parts of the planet, this virus still represents a kind of mystery. We learn about it on the go and we have yet to learn about the consequences of global change, the good and bad sides of the system in our environments.

Unfortunately, we are all contemporaries of a wealth of news that turns into an overload of information for many, while we are still facing many unknowns about the pandemic and the new situation in which we have found ourselves.

Fortunately, all of us can be mindful of the way we inform ourselves and understand media content in today’s data smog.

In order to make a small contribution to the way we inform ourselves as we all live through this pandemic, but also the way we inform ourselves in the digital era, the KoSSev portal – in cooperation with UNMIK and a creative team of young freelancers from Belgrade – is launching a mini educational video series titled „OpisMEDIJavanje“ (Media Literacy project) within the media literacy campaign “Media and Citizens.”

In today’s episode, a prominent Serbian journalist, Tamara Skrozza talks about the code of ethics for journalists, a document that should help journalists do their job more honestly, responsibly, and ethically:

What does the right to privacy mean? How are the rights to privacy of an ‘ordinary’ person or a government official protected? Do people in show business have a right to privacy? Why is the right to the presumption of innocence important? What does special protection of the identity of children mean? How do we recognize when journalists are incorporating their own national, religious, ideological, or political prejudices into their newsrooms and computers?

Find the answers out in “OpisMEDIJavanje”!

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