France – Chapter of the professional duties of French journalists (1938)

Chapter of the professional duties of French journalists, adopted by the National Syndicate of French Journalists in 1918 and revised and completed by the Syndicate in 1938.

A journalist worthy of the name:
ïassumes responsibility for all that he writes;
ïconsiders slander, unfounded accusations, alteration of documents,
distortion of facts and lying, to be the most serious professional misconduct;
ïrecognises the jurisdiction of his colleagues as the only one which is sovereign in matters of professional honour;
ïaccepts only such assignments that are compatible with his professional dignity;
ïrefuses to invoke an imaginary title of quality, use disloyal means to get information or take advantage of the good faith of anybody;
ïdoes not receive money in a public service or a private enterprise where his status of journalist, his influence and his relations may be made use of;
ïdoes not sign articles of commercial or financial advertising;
ïdoes not commit any plagiarism;
ïdoes not claim the position held by another colleague nor causes him to be dismissed by offering to work under inferior conditions;
ïkeeps the professional secrecy;
ïdoes not make use of the freedom of the press with profit-seeking intentions;
ïdemands the freedom to publish his information honestly;
ïrespects justice and gives it top priority;
ïdoes not confuse his role with that of a policeman.

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