Media Ethics Charter (Polonia)

Journalists, editors, producers and broadcasters, respecting the inalienable right of a human being to truth, going by the principle of the common good, conscious of the role of media in man’s life and in civic society, accept this Charter and declare that they will perform their jobs in accordance with the following principles:

The principle of truth

– which means that journalists, editors, producers and broadcasters do their best so that the information conveyed reflects the truth; they report the facts scrupuously and without deformation in their proper context, and in case of publicising false information they immediately correct it.

The principle of objectivity

– which means that the author depicts the reality independently of his/her own views, reports reliably different points of view.

The principle of a distinction between information and commentary

– which means that the message is constructed in such a way that it is possible for the recipient to distinguish facts from views and opinions.

The principle of honesty

– which means acting in accordance with one’s own conscience and the good of the recipient, not submitting oneself to any influences, incorruptibility, refusing to act against one’s beliefs.

The principle of respect and tolerance

– i.e. respect for human dignity, rights, personal property, and especially for privacy and good name.

The principle of the primacy of recipient’s good

– which means that the basic rights of readers, viewers and listeners take precedence over the interests of the editorial staff, journalists, editors, producers and broadcasters.

The principle of freedom and responsibility

– which means that freedom of the media imposes on journalists, editors, producers and broadcasters responsibility for the form and content of the message and the consequences which result from them.

The signatories of the Charter appoint the Council which will guard the above principles, publicly adjudicate upon the issues of observing the Charter and interpreting its provisions. The signatories also commit themselves to publicising the content of the Charter and the information on the right of lodging complaints with the Council as well as to immediate announcement of the Council’s verdicts.

The composition of the Council, the procedure of its appointment and the rules of its activity will be settled at the meeting of commissioned representatives of the signatories of the Charter.

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