The concept of self-regulation and the ethics council of the media federation of Chile

María José Lecaros, Francisca Greene

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Purpose: This paper reviews the origins of the Ethics Council of the Federation of Social Communication Media of Chile (1991-2019) and looks into the historical circumstances surrounding its creation, the concept of self-regulation as understood by its founders, and the criteria that initially ruled its operation. Design/methodology/approach: A qualitative survey of nine contemporary witnesses and the confrontation with the scientific literature. Findings: The results reveal a significant coincidence with the academic literature both in the description of the concept of self-regulation and in the origin of the ethics councils and of the system under which they operate. However, a series of nuances not usually considered in the concept of self-regulation are described. Originality/value: This study will help assess the national and international possibilities of self-regulation and the significance of the Chilean ethics council.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-496
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - 20 Mar 2020

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  • Media ethics
  • Media self-regulation
  • Press councils


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