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BARROSO, PORFIRIO  and  LOPEZ, MARÌA DEL MAR. The Clause of Conscience in Journalism Ethics Codes: A Comparative Analysi. Signo pensam. [online]. 2009, vol.28, n.55, pp.124-135. ISSN 0120-4823.

The Clause of Conscience is internationally recognized as a key ethical principle in the practice of journalism. The main goal of this paper is to assert that the clause of conscience proposes a significant limit to the powers of employers, since it allows journalists to overcome conflicts of conscience in the least traumatic way possible by making use of what is known as conscientious objection in other liberal professions. This is done through a comparative analysis of aspects like validity, meaning and new trends in the wording, content, and practice of this prerogative in present-day journalism ethics codes at a transnational level, as well as in Europe and Latin America

Keywords : Clause of conscience; journalism ethics; codes of professional ethics; Journalistic ethics; Conscientious objection; Corporate power.

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