Code of Ethics
According to journalists, the code of ethics, developed by the NUJM, are commonly followed in the industry. The codes are as follows (http://www.nujm.org/aboutus/aboutus.htm):
- Respect for truth and for the right of the public to truth is the first duty of the journalists. To defend the freedom of Press, to deal with the professional conduct of its members and to maintain high ethical standards in journalism.
- In pursuance of this duty he will defend the twin principles: freedom in the honest collection and publications of news; and the right of fair comment and criticism.
- The journalist reports only in accordance with the facts of which he knows the origin. He will not suppress essential information of falsify documents.
- He will use only fair methods to obtain news, photographs and documents.
- Any published information which is found to be harmfully inaccurate he will do his utmost to rectify.
- He will observe professional secret regarding the source of information obtained in confidence.
- He will regard as grave professional offences the following: Plagiarism; Calumny, slander, libel and unfounded accusations; The acceptance of a bribe in any form in consideration of either publication or suppression.
- He recognizes in professional matters, the jurisdiction of his colleagues only he excludes every kind of interference by governments or others.
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