Center for International Media Ethics

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The Center for International Media Ethics (CIME) is a non-profit organization that organises workshops for training, awareness and capacity-building in the field of professional media and digital media ethics. The goal of CIME is to improve the overall ethics standards of media and the internet.

History and mission[edit]

CIME began in July 2007, after thirty-two young journalists and professionals from five continents gathered in Prague for a week-long seminar. CIME emerged afterwards as a formal international framework with the intent of helping journalists take on a proactive role in shaping their societies.

CIME encourages each media professional to take on a proactive role in defining ethical practices through the choices and decisions made at work on a daily basis. CIME urges media professionals to work together to make their own judgments and identify their own strategies. The driving emphasis is that media professionals together have the power to formulate and enforce a tacit code of ethics as a status quo of their profession.

In 2013 CIME's founder Melisande Middleton was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in relation to her work building the CIME media ethics network globally.


CIME collaborates with local media organisations in a range of countries to organise workshops for media professionals around the topic of ethics. The CIME Forum is the organisation's flagship event, taking place each year in a different country. In 2011 CIME launched International Media Ethics Day (IMED), which has taken place every year since then in September. From the first IMED in 2011 with only 300 participants from 11 countries, the event grew to a worldwide initiative with 1,000 participants from more than 50 countries in 2014.


J-Ethinomics is a term coined by Melisande Middleton, founder of CIME. J-Ethinomics forms the foundation of CIME's approach to training in media ethics.

The approach focuses on the role of responsible reporting in societal and economic development processes. J-Ethinomics draws an analogy between the role of media in society and the role of information in economic growth, as illustrated in Paul Romer's work on New (or endogenous) Growth Theory. This theory articulates how knowledge input (e.g. creativity through innovation and ideas) is a key factor in sustaining growth. In other words, new ideas that are constantly created, for example via Research & Development as well as via other less formal initiatives, are what allow a society to improve its socioeconomic and technological levels. J-Ethinomics emphasises that journalism participates actively in this growth model by circulating these ideas, communicating knowledge all the time and providing the medium for many information flows.


CIME partner organisations can be viewed on the organisation's partners website page..



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