Basic requirements for creating and distributing information
In order to achieve a balance between the rights of journalists to freedom of expression and information and the obligations of journalists not to harm a person, his personal non-property rights, not to humiliate honor and dignity, as well as not to collect, store or disseminate information that infringes on the legitimate rights and interests of a person, the following information requirements have been developed.
Objective, accurate, unbiased, and balanced information
The information provided in the news must be accurate, objective, unbiased and balanced.
The journalist presents the facts in good faith, preserving their true meaning, and does not allow distortions.
The journalist makes the most of his creative abilities to ensure that society receives enough material to form an accurate picture of the events.
Stories should not be taken out of the context of events if this can distort the information.
The news should cover the topic from all sides.
Special materials based on the author’s point of view, own conclusions, and interpretation of events should be clearly distinguished as such.
Verification of the accuracy of information received from third parties
The journalist is obliged to transmit only verified facts, the reliability of which he was convinced.
The information should be cross-checked.
The journalist is obliged to make every effort to correct mistakes and give the right to answer in case of dissemination of information that turned out to be inaccurate, unreliable, and caused harm.
The journalist does not use the site to spread unverified data and rumors.
Sources of information
In the process of collecting and creating information, the journalist should give preference to primary sources and official sources.
When receiving and collecting information, the journalist adheres to the order of access to it established by the owner of the information and does not violate the exclusive rights of the owners of the information to allow and prohibit the use of information belonging to them on the property rights.
Journalists recognize the right to non-disclosure of confidential sources of information.
The norms of professional ethics require a journalist to respect the dignity of a person, his right to privacy.
The journalist keeps secret information about the person who transmitted the information or other materials, provided that his name is not disclosed.
Journalists should only receive confidential information with permission and in accordance with the regime established by the persons to whom the information belongs.
It is not allowed to disseminate information that constitutes a state secret or other information protected by law.
Compliance with copyright and related rights
The ethical principles of a journalist include respect for intellectual property, in particular, the inadmissibility of plagiarism.
The use of works and videos of other authors and other companies in the materials is carried out only with the consent and under the conditions defined by the authors and the legislation.
Features of the dissemination of information about political parties and politicians during the electoral process and outside it
During the electoral process, information about candidates and their actions play an important role in making informed choices by citizens. The duty to maintain an open mind and fairness is put to a powerful test during the election campaign.
It is especially important to highlight the different points of view and positions of politicians on a particular issue.
Preference for some policies and restrictions on access to others is unacceptable.
Journalists leave their political preferences out of work during the election process.
Deliberately misrepresenting information and creating a negative image for a certain candidate is unacceptable.
The journalist is aware of the responsibility that is imposed on the media during the electoral process and strictly complies with the relevant legislation.
Information with scenes of violence
The journalist does not use the site to call for a violent change in the constitutional order, calls for war, aggressive actions or propaganda, or unjustified display of violence.
The journalist must counteract the tyrannical regimes, colonialism, and neocolonialism, as well as other misfortunes that cause suffering to humanity — such as poverty, hunger, and disease.