Media Ethics


Building trust in the media
18 Mar 2015

Building trust in the media

Journalism is a profession that depends on the public’s trust. To earn that trust, journalists must behave in a professional manner and media outlets must operate according to strong ethical principles. Journalists are often referred to as “professionals”, but this term needs to be unpacked in the context of journalism. Unlike other recognised professions such as doctors and lawyers, journalists do not have specific “clients”....

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Despite setbacks, Tanzania seeing improvement of its media landscape
03 Oct 2014

Despite setbacks, Tanzania seeing improvement of its media landscape

The Media Council of Tanzania is fighting an uphill battle on all fronts: government-imposed bans, ethical lapses, and an attempt at heavy-handed regulation. But despite the difficulties, the situation is slowly improving.   On 16 January this year, the media fraternity in Tanzania woke up to a rude shock: the two-month-old government of President John Magufuli had permanently banned a newspaper. In an unprecedented move,...

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Excerpts from the Code of Ethics for the Namibia media
29 Jul 2014

Excerpts from the Code of Ethics for the Namibia media

In 2009, Namibia’s media practitioners adopted a Code of Ethics in line with international standards. The code binds the media to observe the basic principles of good journalistic practice: accuracy, fairness, independence, protection of sources, consideration for the right to privacy and other tenets.  Preamble The Code is the cornerstone of the system of self-regulation to which the industry has made a binding commitment. Editors,...

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