Rule 19 Code of Ethics

19.1 Journalists have a duty to maintain the highest professional and ethical standards.

19.2 Journalists shall at all times defend the principle of the freedom of the press and other media in relation to the collection of information and the expression of comment and criticism. They shall strive to eliminate distortion, news suppression and censorship.

19.3 Journalists shall strive to ensure that the information they disseminate is fair and accurate and avoid the expression of comment and conjecture as established fact and falsification by distortion, selection or misrepresentation.

19.4 Journalists shall rectify promptly any harmful inaccuracies; ensure that corrections and apologies receive due prominence; and afford the right of reply to persons criticised when the issue is of sufficient importance.

19.5 Journalists shall obtain information, photographs and illustrations only by straight forward means. The use of other means can be justified only by over-riding considerations of public interest. Journalists are entitled to exercise personal conscientious objection to the use of such means.

19.6 Subject to justification by over-riding considerations of public interest, journalists shall do nothing which entails intrusion into private grief and distress.

19.7 Journalists shall protect confidential sources of information.

19.8 Journalists shall not accept bribes or shall not allow other inducements to influence the performance of their professional duties.

19.9 Journalists shall not lend themselves to the distortion or suppression of the truth because of advertising or other considerations.

19.10 Journalists shall not originate material which encourages discrimination on grounds of race, colour, creed, gender or sexual orientation.

19.11 Journalists shall not take private advantage of information gained in the course of their duties, before the information is public knowledge.

Rule 18 Contract and Common Seal