Asia: Malaysia

National Union of Journalists Peninsular Malaysia: Code of Ethics

Current Status: active

The National Union of Journalists Malaysia (NUJ) is the only organisation of working journalists in the country representing the Industrial, social and welfare interest of some 1,400 journalists.

Formed on August 30, 1962 NUJ Malaysia is the sole authority to negotiate and determine the proper rates of remuneration and other terms and conditions of employment for journalists in the various publishing houses which produce Bahasa Melayu, English and Chinese newspapers and periodicals.

  1. Respect for truth and for the right of the public to truth is the first duty of the journalists. To defend the freedom of the Press, to deal with the professional conduct of its members and to maintain high ethical standards in journalism.
  2. In pursuance of this duty he will defend the twin principles: freedom in the honest collection and publications of news; and the right of fair comment and criticism.
  3. The journalist reports only in accordance with the facts of which he knows the origin. He will not suppress essential information of falsify documents.
  4. He will use only fair methods to obtain news, photographs and documents.
  5. Any published information which is found to be harmfully inaccurate he will do his utmost to rectify.
  6. He will observe professional secret regarding the source of information obtained in confidence.
  7. He will regard as grave professional offences the following:
    1. Plagiarism
    2. Calumny, slander, libel and unfounded accusations
    3. The acceptance of a bribe in any form in consideration of either publication or suppression.
  8. He recognises in professional matters, the jurisdiction of his colleagues only; he excludes every kind of interference by governments or others.



Updated: 27/04/2016