Τετάρτη, 1 Νοεμβρίου 2006

following certainly democratic principles

NIK GOWING: Minister I have to put this to you because there are many questions about this, including blogging on the Web site, about the Greek blogger who has just been arrested for defamation. And they are wondering how you can arrest a blogger for defamation in an open environment which is being encouraged.

CHAIRMAN ROUSSOPOULOS: Well, I'm not aware of this case. But what I can state is that over the last period, we have had to face various bloggers who make any kind of references really untrue statements. In fact, these lies get on television and on other media which are widely followed in my country. So we have a problem with bloggers who spread lies through television. What we need to guarantee in a democratic environment is to respect professional codes of ethics and international rights guaranteeing the rights of everyone, but also giving the opportunity to freedom of expression, but also to the truth. Because there are people who are not politicians or business representatives but is the victim of slandering or defamation. How can this person deal with statements, untrue statements, made by a blogger against him?

NIK GOWING: We happen to be in Athens having this meeting and time has been a chance here in terms of the convergence between this case and this meeting taking place. Are you suggesting that there now has to be a code for bloggers which everyone has to sign up to, almost like journalists? We should at least be trained in the basics of how to do good journalism, but there should be a blogging code. Otherwise, bloggers are going to fall foul of it in this way which you have identified of defamation? Because that's a new element to the issue of openness.

CHAIRMAN ROUSSOPOULOS: As I said, my statement is more of a question. I am reflecting on this. And I am reflecting on it because we have such cases in my country. We have bloggers or "bloggers" in quotation marks, that create false news and disseminate false news. And in this case when you have a blogger who creates a piece of news, anyone can send an answer. So what we found out is in some cases you cannot answer these blogs because people use the cover of being a blogger to create a site which can't be answered. You can't send your answer to the site, and these answers you send cannot be seen by anyone. So perhaps, yes, a code of behavior is an idea. This is not a proposal I will be tabling this today. No, I don't think it's the right time. But I will make certain points during the conclusion. But I think it is an ethical point, because what we need is in all democratic societies to follow certainly democratic principles.
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