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The Committee for Editorial Independence advocates free journalism and oversees that the editors of the media house Economia carry out their work without any intervention of the owner.

„The Committee is a guarantee of fearless and free journalism. We want to reassure the reader that the editors are not influenced by owner‘s or political interests. Our decisions and opinions are completely independent of the shareholders and management of Economia.” Misha Glenny, Chairman of the Committee.

The role of the Committee for Editorial Independence

 

The Economia media house aims to be a synonym of free, professional journalism, and that is why on the initiative of its owner and Board of Directors it set up the Committee for Editorial Independence (CEI). The IEC seeks to improve not only the Czech media environment, but also to advance the journalistic culture of Central and Eastern Europe, and possibly of other countries.

The CEI role’s as a completely independent body is to promote the idea of free media and to guarantee to readers and the general public that Economia’s journalists and editors may carry out their work free from inappropriate interference. Any journalist or editor of Economia who believes to have been subjected to direct or indirect interference from Economia’s owner may contact the CEI. Also, any other person outside Economia who can substantiate that the work of any of Economia’s journalists or editors has been affected by such interference may contact the CEI. The CEI does not deal with submissions which are evidently baseless or vexatious.

The CEI consists of respected journalists from across Europe who know and understand the Czech media environment. The CEI is completely independent and reports neither to other Economia’s bodies nor to its shareholder. Therefore, its statements need not reflect the official opinion of the Economia media house.

Chairman of the Committee

Misha Glenny

Misha is an author and journalist with a rich background in cyber security, geopolitics, criminology and broadcasting. He studied at the University of Bristol and Prague's Charles University before becoming Central Europe correspondent for The Guardian and later the BBC. He specialized in reporting on the Yugoslav wars in the early 1990s. While at the BBC, Glenny won a Sony Gold Award for his "outstanding contribution to broadcasting". As an author he has published three books about Central and Eastern Europe. His best-selling non-fiction book, McMafia - about the globalization of organized crime - was adapted into a major TV drama series broadcast in the US and UK.

Members of the Committee

Alexandra Borchardt

Alexandra is a senior journalist and book author, journalism professor, media consultant and Senior Research Associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. She also supports local newsrooms with digital transformation as a coach for WAN-IFRA’s Table Stakes Europe project and co-leads the Digital Journalism Fellowship at Hamburg Media School. She serves as an expert on the Council of Europe Committee on Freedom of Expression and Digital Technologies. Prior to this she was Director of Leadership Programmes at the Reuters Institute and before that managing editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Aleksander Kaczorowski

Aleksander is a Polish editor, bohemist, author of various books and translator of Czech literature. He is currently an editor-in-chief of Aspen Review Central Europe, former deputy editor-in-chief of Newsweek Polska and chief editor of the Op-ed section of Gazeta Wyborcza. His recent books include biographies of Václav Havel, Bohumil Hrabal and Ota Pavel. He won the Ambassador of New Europe Prize, awarded by the European Solidarity Center in Gdańsk (2015) and the Václav Burian Prize.

Václav Štětka

Václav Štětka is Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies at Loughborough University in the UK, and member of the university’s Centre for Research in Communication and Culture. His research interests encompass political communication and the role of new media, media systems in Central and Eastern Europe, media ownership and journalistic autonomy. Since 2016 he has been Vice-Chair of the Political Communication Section of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association).

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    If you believe that the editorial independence of the journalists at Economia has been affected by shareholder intervention, send a report to the CEI together with detailed information on the case.

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    Submissions may be sent to IEC also by e-mail to rada@economia.cz, or by post to the Economia’s address, attention Secretary of the Committee. In case a submission does not meet the criteria for its review and processing, the Secretary will notify the claimant and will request the submission to be supplemented with additional information. In case the Committee arrives at the conclusion that editorial freedom has been affected by interference from Economia’s shareholder, it may publish its findings and propose appropriate measures to the Board of Directors of Economia. The Secretary shall inform the claimant about the Committee’s decision.