Ten out six journalists believe that their colleagues – whether often or occasionally – do accept hidden payments in exchange for their newspaper articles and reporting.
According to a non-representative online survey of 170 professionals carried out by the Nézőpont Intézet [“Viewpoint Institute”], four out ten people are silent on the issue of whether they know of any “rewards” within the media. What do journalists think about themselves, one another, the standards of the profession and the freedom of the press? All this was addressed by the analysis of Csaba Gábor Molnár at the “Journalism and ethical standards” conference held at Budapest’s Goethe Institut on 29 February.
On average, two-thirds of the journalists responding rated the media as corrupt, but rated themselves as having very high ethical standards. Can we take this seriously? This, among other questions, is what we asked Mr. Molnár, analyst at the Viewpoint Institute.