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Commission for Media Complaints Kyrgyzstan: Code of Ethics

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The Code of Ethics adopted by the Kyrgyz journalist to form ethical and professional standards of media in Kyrgyzstan employees, regardless of their specialization, to improve the professional level of journalism in Kyrgyzstan, as well as to preserve the trust and respect of the media on the part of society.

The journalist must contribute to the process of democratization, consolidation of the multinational people of Kyrgyzstan, as well as the implementation of economic and social transformation in the country.

Freedom of expression is an integral part of the activities of the journalist. In any situation, a journalist for the sake of the rights of everyone to freedom of expression, opinion and access to information should strive to protect the freedom of speech, to resist attempts to distort information or censorship.
The journalist can not for profit use their official position to receive gifts, services, money or any other remuneration, particularly relevant for the creation of materials, the concealment or distortion of information.

Personal interest should not affect the results of the professional activities of journalists. Journalist must notify the media guide on the scope of his or her personal interests and the interests of his family.The journalist must not use for their own benefit or to interested parties any information obtained in the framework of his professional activity, before the publication of this information.

The journalist must abstain from membership in any political party, political activities, work in the civil service or local government. Otherwise, he must report it to the readers, listeners, viewers.

Never use a journalist of the media to the detriment of society, human and civil rights, for the propaganda of war and violence, racial, ethnic, gender, regional, religious, sexual, social intolerance.When creating the materials the journalist should avoid references to relevant traits person (group of persons), as well as to the physical or mental features of the person, except in cases where this information is an integral part of the journalistic material.

A journalist should refrain from creating or participating in the creation of promotional materials.Otherwise, it should do everything possible to promotional materials are clearly separated from the information and analytical respective rubrication or additional pointers (characters), font and any other means, to the commercial nature of these materials immediately it became clear to the reader, listener, viewer.

Journalist, under no circumstances should not publish false information. The journalist is obliged to all possible methods to correct any information disseminated when it was found that it does not correspond to reality.

When the editorial processing of images and captions, text, headings are not allowed distortion and falsification of materials. Writing materials, intershumy, interviews must comply with visuals shot. 

Facts, judgments, and assumptions should be clearly separated from each other.

In its work, the journalist must respect the private and intimate life of each person. The invasion of privacy and private life is permissible in cases where the action hero of the material have a social value or of interest to the community. Before the publication of such material the journalist should check to see whether in this case affect the rights of third parties.

The journalist must be especially careful when covering issues related to children. A journalist and editor should have a study to illuminate the personal life of a minor person (s) and permission from their parents, guardians or legal representatives. It is unacceptable disclosure of the names of minors (or pointing signs by which they can be identified), who were involved in illegal activities, they have become parties to the events related to the violence.

Lighting trials should be impartial to the accused. The journalist can not call a person a criminal before the court decision. When creating the materials the journalist should refrain from making public the names and the names, photographs of people suspected of crimes, except in cases when they are well-known personalities, themselves disclose their identity or in cases stipulated by law.

A journalist should refrain from behavior that may harm or impair the physical and psychological state of victims of crime, accidents and emergencies, as well as their relatives and friends. If you create materials journalist should refrain from making public the names and the names, photographs and video recordings of victims of crime, accidents and emergencies, as well as their relatives and friends, except when they are well-known personalities reveal themselves or their identity.

Journalists should understand that during the act of terrorism and counter-terrorism operations, rescuing people and the right to life are primary in relation to any other rights and freedoms. A journalist should remember that the terrorists in most cases tend to use the media for their own purposes of presenting his or transmission symbols associates elsewhere. Therefore, journalists should not take a terrorist attack during an interview with the terrorists on his own initiative or to provide opportunities for terrorists to go live without consultation with law enforcement. In covering the terrorist attack and counter-terrorist operation journalist should avoid describing details about the actions of professionals engaged in saving people, as well as refuse from excessive naturalism when showing the scene and its participants.

Journalists not to disclose their sources of information except for cases stipulated by the legislation of Kyrgyzstan.

The views of opponents, including those who have been the subject of criticism of the journalist, must be submitted to balanced.

Not allowed selective quoting of sociological researches, distorting their content. Journalist citizen surveys should not be fabricated in advance in order to obtain a certain result. A journalist should refrain from quoting anonymous experts who speak in support of or against the situations, events, or people who are the heroes of the materials of journalists.

The journalist should make every effort to obtain information, documents, photos, audio and video materials in accordance with the laws of Kyrgyzstan. The use of other methods can be justified only in cases where such information is of great importance for society.

The journalist can not be required to write or execute anything contrary to his own beliefs or principles of objective journalism.

The journalist must not resort to plagiarism. When oral or written citing of materials, it is obliged to refer to the source.

The journalist must not reduce personal scores through the media.

The journalist must not be prejudicial to his colleagues to respect their honor and dignity. As part of the professional solidarity of journalists must act in the interests of trade, fair competition, freedom of expression and information.


Updated: 22/03/2016