Media Diversity Requires Independent Media, Says Polish Journalists

January 25, 2012

Before the 2012 European Championship kicks off in June, sport journalists gathered in Warsaw, Poland in a two-day (21-22 January) workshop devoted to “Media against Racism in Sports” to improve coverage of the event. The workshop attracted around fifty journalists from local and national media organisations.

During the two-day workshop, journalists identified major challenges in sports reporting and spoke against racism in sports. Among the challenges, journalists said the lack of media independence led to a less diverse media and a polarised society in Poland. Journalists concerned that the increasing commercial pressure led to more sensational reporting and stirred up racial sentiments in the country.

At the end of the conference, journalists called for better enforcement of existing ethical codes to improve standards in journalism and more in-house training provided by media organisations on issues related race, religion and ethnic minorities.

The workshop was jointly organised by the Polish Journalists’ Association, the European Federation of Journalists and the Council of Europe (CoE) in a project co-funded by the European Commission and the CoE.

For more information, please visit the the MARS project website.