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CODE OF ETHICS

Adopted by the 3rd Congress of the Association of Journalists of the Republic of Poland (AJRP) in September 1991. MCJ is a basic body of the ethic norms which are binding on the journalists, members of AJRP, in their work and professional activities.

I
The basic obligation of a journalist is to seek after the truth and to publish it. Manipulation with facts is illicit. Any own comment or hypothesis of the author should be clearly separated from information. Special accuracy in reaching the information. An author is obliged on his/her own initiative to rectify the information when it appears to be false or inaccurate. Any motive, any pressures or inspirations don't justify delivery false or unverified information.
II
A journalist is obliged to keep and to preserve the professional secret if the informant reserves his/her anonymity.
III
Protection of the personal values should not be violated. However, there are allowed information on private life of the persons who fulfil the public function or who themselves introduce their privacy into the public life. There is inadmissible: to use the injurious words which aim at human dignity; to interpose objections which degrade a person in public opinion or expose to risk of discredit; to use blackmail.
IV
To presume the quilt of a defendant prior to the relevant court decision is inadmissible.
V
There are absolutely prohibited any publications which propagate war, violence, outrage or injure the feelings of the religious persons and unbelievers, the national feelings, the human rights, cultural individualities or propagate pornography.
VI
In order to protect a journalist against the loss of professional independence, he or she is nor allowed: to accept any profits to himself/herself or his/her family for publishing or not publishing of the offered material. Publishing of materials which are in the nature of cryptoadvertising is inadmissible.
VII
Protection of copyright is an essential ethical norm. The overt and convert plagiarism, internal and external, is the inadmissible break of this norm. The same goes for the piece of work of a journalist as of a person of other profession. The authorial titles are under protection. It is not allowed to retouch the texts or to use materials and works without consent of their authors or to exploit another's journalistic authorial ideas.
VIII
The activity which does professional harm to other colleague journalist or makes professional disloyalty is forbidden. Making of any malicious difficulties by a journalist in publishing of other journalist's material is admissible.
IX
To perform the official order of its filling offends the ethical norms of journalistic profession is blameful.
X
The break of the Association's Statute which exposes the AJRP to losses and harms is amenable to estimation by the journalistic judicature.
XI
The behaviour or activity which bring discredit on the journalistic profession are inadmissible.
XII
For the inobservance of the MCJ, the actual offender accounts. When he is unknown or when the editorial office doesn't want to reveal the actual offender, the person who accepted the material to be published accounts for it.
XIII
The act incompatible with the MCJ is prescribed after 5 years since its dislosure unless the Supreme Journalists' Court decides otherwise in the particular cause.
IV
All the doubts, relating to the interpretation of norms of the MCJ, are determined by the resolution of the Supreme Journalists' Court.
XV
For the inobservance of principles and norms of the MCJ, the competent journalists' court inflicts penalties - with appropriateness to the grade of misdemeanour and to finding of guilt - from admonition, through reprimand, withholding of membership rig.

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