Jordan – Code of Ethics of the Jordanian Journalist

Code of Ethics of the Jordanian Journalist.

Article (1): The Journalist shall be committed to:

a. Maintaining the secrecy of his sources as well as checking the stability of news and information before publishing them. He shall also be committed in his professional behavior to the principles of honor, fairness and honesty.

b. Respecting religious values as a base for intellectual and cultural heritage.

c. Defending the causes of freedom, enhancing the democratic practice and supporting the citizen’s right in positive participation in the causes of the country and daily issues.

d. Working to assert national unity and protect it to be a base for the community’s strength and development.

e. Asserting the joint past, present and future history of the nation, supporting freedom movements in the world and condemning racial segregation movements in the world.

f. Not using the profession for illegal personal gains and avoiding expressions of slander, libel and defamation and commitment to national responsibility without redundancy and triteness.

g. Affirming the sovereignty of law and supporting justice in judicial cases. Being far from provocation in publishing crimes and scandals. Not publishing reports, articles and photos, which contradict general ethics and manners. Respecting the reputation of families and individuals and respecting the private lives of citizens.

h. Avoiding any differences or insults among journalists and maintaining the entity of the association to serve the message of the press and referring to its rules and laws regarding journalism issues.

Article (2): The journalist shall be prohibited from:

a. practicing journalism in a way that violates valid law and the association’s regulations.

b. performing any act or action that contradicts the profession’s dignity or harms the association or its members.

c. behaving improperly with his colleagues or with others or defamation of journalists without moral or material right specified by laws, regulations or the profession’s traditions.

d. accepting any presents, financial or material donations or any aid of any kind without previous approval of the council.

e. violating the association’s law and hindering the application of its law, internal system and regulations issued upon it.

f. using the written or drown word for private purposes that might harm others.

g. exciting the public by any news and misleading them with incorrect information and viewing facts in a biased manner or using media for defamation.

h. publish wrong data and information and neglecting to correct them immediately after acknowledging the truth.

[Source: www.eyeonethics.org]

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