03 August, 2011

Sample Code Of Ethics for Citizen Journalists/ Bloggers

The following is a draft code of Ethics formulated at  a workshop in Beirut organised by the National Democratic Institute, and the Lebanese NGO ASWAT on "Citizen Journalism, Professionalism, and Ethics". The code was derived by young citizen journalists from the Middle East and North African (MENA) region, and Iran, along with traditional journalists, namely Kelli Arena [a former CNN journalist] and Magda Abu-Fadil [former editor at AFP].


Guidelines for Good Citizen Journalistic Practices
-Be accurate.

-Be transparent about who you are/your role in the story, your methodology, any conflicts of interest.

-Be fair.

-Disclose any funding.

-Be careful posting developments that not have not been confirmed or that you have not witnessed yourself.

-Do not distribute copyrighted material or plagiarize.

-Always link to original sources.

-Do not post anything that will endanger someone's life.

-Do not sell information about your subscribers or followers’ list. 

-Do not fabricate stories, or digitally alter pictures or video.

-Avoid profanity.

-Put a disclaimer before especially disturbing post.


The code is also available in Arabic & French Languages  
https://www.aswat.com/en/node/5698

I am certain that many of you who write content online will find this pretty useful!

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