Social responsibility

A democratic society is built on free and independent media

Public information about society. So easily expressed is the purpose of JP/Politikens Hus. With journalism, debate, and literature, we try to equip citizens with facts and knowledge that make them better able to take an active part in a democratic society. We are doing what we call publicity business. By doing so, JP/Politikens Hus fulfills a vital social responsibility.

The story short

JP/Politikens Hus was founded on January 1, 2003, as a merger between Politikens Hus and Jyllands-Posten. The company's history dates back to 1871 when Jyllands-Posten was founded because six young men were dissatisfied with the quality of the other newspapers. Politiken was founded on October 1, 1884, in Copenhagen by Viggo Hørup, Edvard Brandes, and Herman Bing. Ekstra Bladet was published on February 12, 1904, as a special issue by Politiken. The newspaper was separated from Politiken on 1 January 1905 with its own editorial board.

In 1906, the first release of our local newspapers, Villabyerne, was published and in 1946 Politiken's publishing house was founded.

Editorial independence

JP/Politikens Hus is based on the principle of editorial independence. Each news media has its own responsible editor-in-chief, who is fully responsible for the content of that media. Hence, there are big differences between the editorial lines in the media. But that's actually the point. We do not want our media to be in line.

Economical freedom

Editorial freedom rests on economic freedom. Only with a sound and sustainable economy, a media can be really editorially independent. We, therefore, insist that our releases are financially sustainable and can stand on their own.

Knowledge-based on facts

A requirement for all our media is that the content is based on facts. Hereby, we fundamentally distinguish ourselves from social media, who distributes lies and misinformation before checking the truthfulness. The prerequisite for well-functioning democracies is that citizens can participate in electoral conduct on an informed basis and that the voters' knowledge is based on facts obtained and distributed by independent media. It is vital for society that citizens have independent, reliable, and stable media that they can trust.

Responsible behavior

With our publicity business, we are doing a significant social task. But our social responsibility is broader than enlightenment. We wish in every way to demonstrate responsible behavior and to contribute to society. This applies both to our employees and to our impact on the environment and the climate. Read more about how we live up to our corporate social responsibility in our annual sustainability report (in Danish):