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Alliance - Journalists' Code of Ethics
Respect for truth and the public's right to information are fundamental
principles of journalism. Journalists describe society to itself.
They convey information, ideas
and opinions, a privileged role. They search, disclose, record, question,
entertain, suggest and remember. They inform citizens and animate democracy.
They give a practical form to freedom of expression.
Many journalists work in private
enterprise, but all have these public responsibilities. They scrutinise power,
but also exercise it, and should be accountable. Accountability engenders trust.
Without trust, journalists do not fulfil their public responsibilities.
Alliance members engaged in journalism commit themselves to:
Respect for the rights of others
Journalists will educate themselves about ethics and apply the following
1. Report and interpret honestly, striving for accuracy, fairness and disclosure
of all essential facts. Do not suppress relevant available facts, or give
distorting emphasis. Do your utmost to give a fair opportunity for reply.
2. Do not place unnecessary emphasis on personal characteristics, including
race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, family
relationships, religious belief, or physical or intellectual disability.
3. Aim to attribute information to its source. Where a source seeks anonymity,
do not agree without first considering the source's motives and any alternative
attributable source. Where confidences are accepted, respect them in all
4. Do not allow personal interest, or any belief, commitment, payment, gift or
benefit, to undermine your accuracy, fairness or independence.
5. Disclose conflicts of interest that affect, or could be seen to affect, the
accuracy, fairness or independence of your journalism. Do not improperly use a
journalistic position for personal gain.
6. Do not allow advertising or other commercial considerations to undermine
accuracy, fairness or independence.
7. Do your utmost to ensure disclosure of any direct or indirect payment made
for interviews, pictures, information or stories.
8. Use fair, responsible and honest means to obtain material. Identify yourself
and your employer before obtaining any interview for publication or broadcast.
Never exploit a person's vulnerability or ignorance of media practice.
9. Present pictures and sound which are true and accurate. Any manipulation
likely to mislead should be disclosed.
10. Do not plagiarise.
11. Respect private grief and personal privacy. Journalists have the right to
resist compulsion to intrude.
12. Do your utmost to achieve fair correction of errors.
Basic values often need interpretation and sometimes come into conflict. Ethical
journalism requires conscientious decision-making in context. Only substantial
advancement of the public interest or risk of substantial harm to people allows
any standard to be overridden.
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