Pompeu Fabra University. Research group about Journalism

Ethical codes

Given that journalists tend to reject interference by governments in their work, they deplore the trade is governed by general laws and prefer the so-called self-regulation, that is, the rules dictate themselves and agree to comply them.

These sets of rules are often called codes of ethics or codes of conduct. In this website you can consult a database containing more than 80 codes of ethics and other similar documents currently in force in Spain. Likewise, a search engine to help find topics the concepts needed to consult.

The codes are not laws. Do not depend on a judge, nor the alleged offenses are prosecuted ex officio by the police or are expected punishment or sanctions for those who break the rules, beyond the assumption that offenders discredited among his peers or the public.

For this reason, these codes of ethics of the profession entirely divided: while half of the journalists thought useful, denies the other half as soft rules. However, a clear majority of journalists are added rejects sanctions on moral reprobation breaches occur. They do not want specific sanctions.

On the other hand, give citizens more power codes regulate the daily work of granting journalists and, above all, want to incorporate sanctions and punishments for breaches of the professionals. The public calls for added restraint.

These ethical codes in this database summarizing the professional environment Catalan, Spanish and tend to show some form of ethics environment in Europe.

The database allows the tracking of the concepts present in each code of ethics through dropdown boxes where you can find a list of professional affairs (thesaurus) on any matter on which journalists and public opinion do not stop .