Ethical Charter for Syrian Media Alliance

The Ethical Journalism Network supports the Ethical Charter for Syrian Media which was launched in September 2015 in Istanbul.

The Ethical Charter for Syrian Media was developed and signed by over 20 Syrian media institutions. The alliance around the charter grew to over 36 media organisations by mid 2017.

According to the press release announcing the launch of the Charter:

The Charter seeks to be an ethical reference for new Syrian media; it is all-inclusive and does not present itself as a replacement for any other existing charter.

The Charter is based on the following general principles:

  • Accuracy, soundness and credibility of information,
  • Objectivity and integrity,
  • Balance, equity and pluralism,
  • The right of to respond or correct media institutions in case of offense,
  • Independence in coverage,
  • Respect for the truth and freedom of expression.

This Charter aims to encourage journalists to respect these general principles in the performance of their duties, particularly those pertaining to the respect of human dignity and the safeguarding of the rights of persons with special needs or who are disenabled due to health or legal reasons. It also protects minors’ rights taking into account the clauses of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The Ethical Charter for Syrian Media is a living document, with its first version being presented here. This Charter is the result of an inclusive Syrian process and seeks to be an ethical reference for new Syrian media, promoting freedom of expression through professional and ethical journalism based on agreed principles of ethics.

The charter is available in Arabic and English.

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