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Polish Media System in a Comparative Perspective

Media in Politics, Politics in Media


Bogusława Dobek-Ostrowska

A media system does not exist in a vacuum. It develops and grows within social, political and economic systems. They interact with and influence one another, as well as stimulate each other’s development. The main subject of this work is the dynamically evolving Polish media system, which is under the influence of institutions and external stakeholders. Thanks to this, it is easier to understand that the "crossroads" is not only a problem of the Polish media system, but a global one. For this reason, a comparative perspective is employed. Three chapters help to provide an answer to research questions dedicated to political parallelism and journalistic professionalization. The analysis would be limited and unrepresentative if the book enclosed it with one country's border, omitting the broad global, European and Centro-European context.

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Annex 1: Media Ethics Charter [Karta Etyczna Mediów]

Journalists, editors, producers, and broadcasters, respecting the inalienable right of a human being to truth, going by the principle of the common good, conscious of the role of the media in human life and in a civic society, accept this Charter and declare that they will perform their work in accordance with the following principles:

The principle of truth –i.e., the journalists, editors, producers, and broadcasters do their best for the information they convey to reflect the truth; they report the facts in their proper context, scrupulously and without distortion, and in the case of publicizing false information they immediately correct it.

The principle of objectivity - which means that the author depicts the reality regardless of his/her own views, relates different perspectives with integrity.

The principle of separation of information and commentary - which means that the message is constructed in such a way that it is possible for the recipient to distinguish facts from views and opinions.

The principle of honesty - which means acting in accordance with one’s own conscience and the good of the recipient, not submitting oneself to any influences, incorruptibility, refusing to act against one’s beliefs.

The principle of respect and tolerance- i.e., respect for human dignity, rights, personal property, and especially for privacy and good name.

The principle of the primacy of the recipient - which means that...

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