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BICI Recommendation 1724(b) (Implemented in part, rest in progress)
Media professional standards
To establish professional standards for the media and other forms of publications that contain an ethical code and an enforcement mechanism, designed to uphold ethical and professional standards in order to avoid incitement to hatred, violence and intolerance, without prejudice to internationally protected rights of freedom of expression.

Progress & Actions

Implemented in part, rest in progress

The IAA, in consultation with the French Experts, has set out its detailed plans on implementing this recommendation in its public plan. The highlights include the creation of a professional journalist card. Furthermore, one of the major tasks of the newly created HMB will be to monitor and sanction (through warnings and fines) content that incites hatred etc.

An ethical code was promulgated by the Bahrain Journalists’ Association (BJA) on January 2012.   

The IAA has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Management Consulting Center of Excellence to prepare a Media code of honour for Bahrain Radio and TV, to ensure the respect of a media code of conduct, within a framework of pluralism, neutrality, credibility, rule of law, and preserving national unity. 

The IAA has already signed training contracts with international media outlets (BBC and Radio France).

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