Uganda – National Institute of Journalists (1999)

Code of ethics observed by the National Institute of Journalists of Uganda, NIJU, published in 1999.

1 – No journalist shall disseminate information or allegations without establishing its correctness or truth.

2 – No journalist shall disclose the source of his/her information and shall only divulge them in the event of an overriding consideration of public interest and within the framework of the law of Uganda.

3 – No journalist shall solicit or accept bribes in an attempt to publish or suppress the publication of a story.

4 – A journalist shall not plagiarise the professional work of others or expropriate works or results of research by scholars without acknowledging their contribution and naming his/her sources of information.

5 – A journalist shall obtain his/her information through the skilful application of journalistic principles and shall never bribe or offer inducements to sources.

6 – No journalist shall deny any person with legitimate claim a right to reply a statement. Correction and rejoinders are to be published in appropriate form without delay and in a way that will be noticed by those who have received the original information.

7 – A journalist shall at all times strive to separate his/her own opinions from factual news. Where personal opinions are expressed, the public shall be made to know.

8 – A journalist shall take the necessary steps to correct any damaging report made on any individual or organisation.

9 – A journalist shall not originate or encourage the dissemination of information designed to promote or which may have the effect to promote tribalism, racism, or any other form of discrimination.


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