Greece – Principles of deontology (1998)

Principles of deontology, approved on 31 October 1988 by five Greek journalists’ unions: the Union of Journalists of Daily Newspapers of Athens, the Union of Journalists of Daily Newspapers of Macedonia-Thrace, the Union of Journalists of Daily Newspapers of Peloponissos, Epirus and Islands, the Union of Journalists of Daily Newspapers of Thessaly, Sterea, Evia and the Union of Journalists of Periodical Press.

1. Journalism is a function.

2. Truth and its presentation constitutes the main concern of the journalist.

3. The journalist defends everywhere and always the are the freedom of the press, the free and undisturbed propagation of ideas and news, as well as the right to opposition.

4. The religous convictions, the institutions, the manners and customs of nations, peoples and races, as well as citizens’ private and family life are respected and inviolable.

5. The primary task of the journalist is the defence of people’s liberties and of the democratic regime, as well as the advancement of social and state institutions.

6. Respect for national and popular values and the defence of people’s interests should inspire the journalist in the practice of his function.

7. The journalist while practising his function rejects any intervention aimed at concealing or distorting the truth.

8. The access to sources of news is free and undisturbed for the journalist, who is not obliged to reveal his information sources.

9. The function of journalism may not be practiced for self-seeking purposes.

10. The journalist does not accept any advantage, benefit or promise of benefit offered in exchange for the restriction of the independence of his opinion while practising his function.

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