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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Journalists' Code of ethics

At last I have managed to track down a copy of the Journalist Code of Ethics. Its' a very brief document but what else would you expect? Probably about the same size as the Used Car Sales code of ethics.

I reckon Keablog's new found friend Mr Harrington might be having the odd problem with sections (d) and (j) just at the moment. I can't quite see which section covers calling a blogger a 'wanker wannabe hack who steals his work."

Update 28th Oct:
I have linked below to the Press Council's List of Principles. Seems more comprehemnsive that the EPMU version. The question is, which one do journos sign up to? One or both?

42. JOURNALIST CODE OF ETHICS

Respect for truth and the public’s right to information are overriding principles for all journalists. In pursuance of these principles, journalists commit themselves to ethical and professional standards. All members of the Union engaged in gathering, transmitting, disseminating and commenting on news and information shall observe the following Code of Ethics in their professional activities:

(a) They shall report and interpret the news with scrupulous honesty by striving to disclose all essential facts and by not suppressing relevant, available facts or distorting by wrong or improper emphasis.

(b) They shall not place unnecessary emphasis on gender, race, sexual preference, religious belief, marital status or physical or mental disability.

(c) In all circumstances they shall respect all confidences received in the course of their occupation.

(d) They shall not allow personal interests to influence them in their professional duties.

(e) They shall not allow their professional duties to be influenced by any consideration, gift or advantage offered and, where appropriate, shall disclose any such offer.

(f) They shall not allow advertising or commercial considerations to influence them in their professional duties.

(g) They shall use fair and honest means to obtain news, pictures, films, tapes and documents.

(h) They shall identify themselves and their employers before obtaining any interview for publication or broadcast.

(i) They shall respect private grief and personal privacy and shall have the right to resist compulsion to intrude on them.

(j) They shall do their utmost to correct any published or broadcast information found to be harmfully inaccurate.

A breach of this Code shall be a breach of the Union ’s Rules and thus may give rise to disciplinary procedures under the Rules. If a member is dismissed from employment or otherwise disadvantaged by an employer, and a breach of this Code is claimed by the employer as justification for the dismissal or disadvantage, then the Union, following proper and adequate inquiry, and if it is satisfied to a reasonable degree that the employer’s actions are justified, may decline to pursue a personal grievance on behalf of the member.
(source EPMU website.)
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Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 10/27/2005 03:44:00 PM

1 Comments:

Blogger Murray said...

Well as simple as they are the whole lot have been pretty well smashed.

10/27/2005 09:02:00 PM  

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