Brazilian media organizations mull self-regulation

By Maira Magro

The industry groups for Brazil's biggest media outlets are considering creating a code of conduct to regulate journalism practices, Folha de S. Paulo (gated) reports.

The vice president of the National Association of Magazine Editors (ANER) and the president of the National Association of Newspapers (ANJ) have expressed support for the idea, O Globo and O Estado de S. Paulo explain.

At a press freedom conference this week, ANER vice-president and media executive Sidnei Basile said such a code should address issues like mixing news with opinion; off-the-record accusations; and transparency in reporting practices.

The Supreme Court repealed a 1960s-era censorship law last year, and the proposed code of conduct is an attempt to avoid any new national press legislation, Folha explains.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.