Media Ethic Charter


Journalists Trade Union (Poland)


CSEP LIbrary

Date Approved: 

March 29, 1995

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Media Ethic Charter

Media Ethic Charter Adopted on 29 March 1995 in Warsaw by Polish Journalists Association (SDP), Association of Journalists of the Republic of Poland (SDRP), Catholic Journalists Association, Syndicate of Polish Journalists, Journalists Trade Union, Press Publishers' Union, Polish TV S.A., Polsat TV, Association of Independent Film and TV Producers, Public Radio Association in Poland, Polish Private Broadcasting Association and Trade Union of Radio and TV Journalists.

Journalists, editors, producers and broadcasters, respecting the inalienable right of a human being to truth, bearing in mind the principle of common good, conscious of the role of media in man's life and in civic society, accept this charter and declare that they will perform their jobs in accordance with the following principles:

THE PRINCIPLE OF THE TRUTH - which means that journalists, editors, producers and broadcasters do their best so that the conveyed information reflects the truth; they report the facts in their proper context, and in case of publicising a false information they immediately correct it.

THE PRINCIPLE OF OBJECTIVITY - which means that the author depicts the reality independently of his/her own own views, reports reliably different points of view.

THE PRINCIPLE OF DIVISION OF THE INFORMATION AND THE COMMENTARY - which means that the message is constructed in such a way that it is possible for the recipient to distinguish facts from views and opinions.

THE PRINCIPLE OF HONESTY - which means acting in accordance with one's own conscience and the good of the recipient, not submitting oneself to the influence, incorruptibility, refusing to act against one's beliefs.

THE PRINCIPLE OF RESPECT AND TOLERANCE - i.e. respect for human dignity, rights, personal property, and especially for privacy and good name.

THE PRINCIPLE OF SUPERIORITY OF RECIPIENT'S GOOD - which means that the basic rights of readers, viewers and listeners are superior to the interests of the editorial staff, journalists, editors, producers and broadcasters.