Professional online media

PRINCIPLES OF BEHAVIOR:

Freedom of the media is an undisputed right.
The main task of journalists is to respect the truth and the right of the public to be informed in accordance with Article 16 of our Constitution.
Journalists have a role to convey information, ideas and opinions and the right to comment.
Adhering to ethical values and professional standards in the transmission of information, journalists will be honest, objective and accurate.
It is the right and duty of journalists to seek to prevent censorship and distortion of news.
Following their role in building democracy and civil society, journalists will defend human rights, dignity and freedom, respect the pluralism of ideas and attitudes, and contribute to the strengthening of the rule of law and control of government and other public entities.

BASED ON THESE PRINCIPLES AND ETHICAL VALUES:

1. The journalist shall have the right to free access to all sources of information of public interest. The journalist should publish accurate, verifiable information and will not conceal essential data and falsify documents. If the information cannot be verified, or if it is a conjecture i.e. speculation, it should be stated and published. The accuracy of the information should be checked as much as possible.
2. If the journalist is prevented from accessing the requested information, he / she have the right to inform the public.
3. The journalist shall endeavor to ensure publication of correction, disclaimer and response in the event of inaccuracy of the information.
4. The journalist will name the source of the information, however if the source requests to remain anonymous, the journalist will protect it.
5. A journalist will obey the laws of the state but will not publish or conceal anything that is contrary to the public interest.
6. A journalist must not use the medium to publish or conceal information for personal gain. Bribery, corruption and extortion are incompatible with the journalistic profession. Advertising and other commercial motives must not be allowed to affect freedom of information. There should be a distinction between advertising and journalistic text with illustration.
7. The journalist shall respect the privacy of the individual, unless this is contrary to the public interest. The journalist is obliged to respect personal pain and grief.
8. The manner of reporting on accidents, natural disasters, wars, family tragedies, diseases, litigation must be free of sensationalism. In court proceedings the principle of presumption of innocence should be respected, all parties to the dispute should be informed and no judgment should be suggested.
9. A journalist may not interview or photograph children under 16 without the consent of parents or guardians, unless this is inconsistent with the rights of the child. The same applies to people with disabilities who are unable to reason consciously.
10. The journalist will not knowingly create or process information that endangers human rights or freedoms, will not speak the language of hatred, and will not incite violence and discrimination on any grounds (national, religious, racial, gender, social, linguistic, sexual orientation, political…).
11. The journalist will also adhere to generally accepted social standards of decency and respect for ethnic, cultural and religious asylum in Macedonia.
12. Plagiarism is unacceptable. Quotes must not be used without mentioning the source or author.
13. A journalist should distinguish between facts and opinions, news and comment.
14. Reporting from political processes, especially elections should be impartial and balanced. The journalist must provide a professional distance from the political entities.
15. A journalist must cultivate a culture of speech and ethics. Inappropriate communication with the public is incompatible with the journalistic profession.
16. The journalist will preserve the reputation and dignity of his profession, foster mutual solidarity and diversity of views, and will not use his medium for fight with people, including colleagues.
17. A journalist has the right to refuse a job if it is contrary to the principles of this Code.

FINAL PROVISIONS::

    • Journalists who work in accordance with this Code enjoy the support of their media outlet and professional organization.
    • In accordance with our laws, journalists will accept the judgment on the profession only from their colleagues and will be out of the political and other influence.
    • The Council of Honour of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia is responsible for the respect of the principles of the Code.
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