Presentation of Bioethics Handbook for Journalists in Costa Rica

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Costa Rica, San José
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Diana Cardenas,

The regional bioethics program for Latin America and the Caribbean of the UNESCO Offices in Montevideo and San José will present the Bioethics Manual for Journalists, with the support of the Bioethics Chair of the Universidad Técnica Nacional. The Hadbook is an initiative to train journalists and professionals in communication on issues related to bioethics.

The Handbook, prepared by the Regional Office of Science of UNESCO for Latin America and the Caribbean, is a tool that aims to provide practical and theoretical elements to journalists to deepen their critical and responsible judgment by providing information involving ethical dilemmas. It is intended for scientific journalists, dealing with health issues, biotechnology, environmental and social information.

This manual can also be a first step towards a community of journalists interested in bioethics issues actively who collaborate with experts in the subject so that they can dialogue with the community in a more accessible language, in constant interaction.

A group of academic experts was involved in the conduction of the manual, but also journalists, who included codes and ethical standards of journalism that have international acceptance. The manual is a way to disseminate them.

The manual is available online (

It covers, through cases in 10 chapters, the following topics from a theoretical and practical perspective:
- The beginning and end of human life: abortion, assisted fertilization, advance directives, dignified death, organ transplants, etc.
- The ethics of research: the limits that research involving human beings must have, patient rights and obligations of researchers, governments and pharmaceutical companies.
- The environment: climate change, pollution with agrochemicals, GM foods, technological development and risks for the planet
- Other frequent social issues in Latin America and the Caribbean as social exclusion, discrimination, poverty, inequality and fundamentally the right to health.