Code of Ethics

Guys I guess I made it clear that I was against the imprisonment of Firas Hatoum so take it easy! Still the guy violated something called the "code of ethics" for journalism... and this is much more serious then braking the law! For those who are not familiar with the journalistic code of ethics please read the following:

The last updated version of 20 June 2001 contains 16 rules/journalistic principles and several guidelines for journalistic work. Summarized the 16 principles imply

  1. respect for the truth,
  2. observance of human rights,
  3. due to accuracy,
  4. correction of incorrect news,
  5. dismission of dishonest methods,
  6. to stick to agreed confidentiality,
  7. to preserve the prestige and credibility of the media,
  8. no mixture with personal commercial interests,
  9. respect for private life,
  10. not to publish unfounded claims,
  11. no inappropriately portrayal of violence and brutality,
  12. prohibition of discrimination,
  13. reporting investigations and criminal court proceedings without prejudices,
  14. to report about medical subjects without inappropriately sensationalism,
  15. prohibition to accept bribes and benefits,
  16. to publish public reprimands of the Press Council

If anyone can convince me that Hatoum did not violate any of these codes, then i will apologize and stand corrected, but till then... guilty as charged


At Friday, January 05, 2007 9:01:00 PM, Blogger hashem said...

do you have a personal problem with this Hatoum journalist?
Man, u need to take it easy...
we got ur point first time....no need for repetitions.

At Friday, January 05, 2007 10:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jamal, I'm shocked from ur reaction! What if a journalist break into some March 8th offical's apartment looking for eveidence to criminilize them, how would you react? Would you ask that he be freed because he was seeking the truth? How about another guy break into ur own house looking for anything that he could use against you, would you ask for him to be freed???!!

regardless of ur political stand, you shouldn't support illegal acts.

Firas broke into an apartment, by breaking the window, he was video taped, he missed with the contents of the apartment. THIS IS PURE BREAKING OF THE LAW.

And don't even try comparing Firas to Tueni or Kassir, this is completely unacceptable, AT ALL.

One thing I would agree with you on, is that law should be respected, and they shouldnt keep him for investigation longer than the legal time, but to actually say that this guy didn't do anything wrong, then you are just encouraging others to go and start breaking into others's houses looking for the so-called truth!!!!!

At Saturday, January 06, 2007 1:20:00 AM, Blogger Leafless Eve said...

Exaclty failasoof

Journalist or not, the guy BROKE THE LAW, end of story. I don't see how people are divided EVEN on this!!!

At Saturday, January 06, 2007 3:50:00 PM, Blogger JoseyWales said...

Hatoum either broke the law or did not. That's the only question, the journalists code of ethics is secondary biz.

It's amazing that some people in Leb and the ME (and elsewhere) STILL cannot understand that our PRIMARY problem comes from trashing the LAW, and then they go on talking about discrimination and unequal treatment....?????


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