NMC backs UNESCO on value of media in sport
19th November 2015
The vital role of the independent news media sector has been given significant new recognition. UNESCO has announced it has adopted a revised 'Sport Charter' which for the first time sets out the importance to society and the sport movement of 'critical and independent observers of events.' This comes at time of a number of powerful journalistic investigations into sport, both in the field of play and in the corridors of sport governance.
UNESCO’s original Sport Charter, adopted in 1978, has been replaced with the ‘International Charter of Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport.’ The Charter now describes media as a close partner in achieving the goals established by UNESCO and as an important stakeholder in sport policy. Article 6 highlights the value of news media as a source for reliable information for policy-making. The same article also recognises the societal importance of independent sport journalism in the public debate and its role in the co-operation ... Read More