CODE OF CONDUCT
Adopted on 29 June 1994 by National Union of Journalists.
1.A journalist has a duty to maintain the highest professional and ethical standards.
2.A journalist shall at all times defend the principle of the freedom of the press and other media in relation to the
collection of information and the expression of comment and criticism. He/she shall strive to eliminate distortion, news
suppression and censorship.
3.A journalist shall strive to ensure that the information he/ she disseminates is fair and accurate, avoid the expression of
comment and conjecture as established fact and falsification by distortion, selection or misrepresentation.
4.A journalist shall rectify promptly any harmful inaccuracies, ensure that correction and apologies receive due
prominence and afford the right of reply to persons criticised when the issue is of sufficient importance.
5.A journalist shall obtain information, photographs and illustrations only by straight- forward means. The use of other
means can be justified only by over-riding considerations of the public interest. The journalist is entitled to exercise a
personal conscientious objection to the use of such means.
6.Subject to the justification by over-riding considerations of the public interest, a journalist shall do nothing which
entalis entrusion into private grief and distress.
7.A journalist shall protect confidential sources of information.
8.A journalist shall not accept bribes nor shall he/ she allow other inducements to influence the performance of his/ her
9.A journalist shall not lend himself/ herself to the distortion or suppression of the truth because of advertising or other
10.A journalist shall only mention a person's age, race, colour, creed, illegitimacy, disability, maritla status (or lack of it),
gender or sexual orientation if this information is strictly relevant. A journalist shall neither originate nor process
material which encourages discrimination, ridicule, prejudice or hatred on any of the above-mentioned grounds.
11.A journalist shall not take private advantage of information gained in the course of his/ her duties, before the
information is public knowledge.
12.A journalist shall not by way of statement, voice or appearance endorse by advertisement any commercial product or
service save for the promotion of of his/ her own work or of the medium by which he/ she is employed.