CPNE Pakistan Jobs 12 April 2019, Office Assistant
The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) has worked since its foundation in 1957 as the combined body of Newspaper Editors in Pakistan to campaign for defense of press freedom and the right of access to information in the service of democratic practice and strengthening of democratic institutions in the country.
The members of CPNE i.e newspapers editors have also adopted a Code of Ethics which lays down the norms for maintaining the dignity of the print media as a non-partisan and professional high standard in member publications in respect of publications of news, views, comments and other write-ups.
CPNE Code of Ethics
An Ethical Code of Practice is formulated as under for the press for the purpose of its functioning in accordance with the canons of decency, principles of professional conduct and precepts of freedom and responsibility to serve the public interest by ensuring an unobstructed flow of news and views to the people envisaging that honesty, accuracy, objectivity and fairness shall be the guidelines for the press while serving the public interest in any form of publication such as news items, articles, editorials, features, cartoons, illustrations, photographs and advertisements: etc-
The press shall strive to uphold standards of morality and must avoid plagiarism and publication of slanderous and libelous material.
The Press shall strive to publish and disclose all essential and relevant facts and ensure that the information it disseminates is fair and accurate.
The Press shall avoid biased reporting or publication of unverified material, and avoid the expression of comments and conjecture as established fact. Generalization based on the behavior of an individual or small number of individuals will be termed unethical.
The Press shall respect the privacy of individuals and shall do nothing which tantamount to an intrusion into private, family life and home.
Rumors and unconfirmed reports shall be avoided and if at all published shall be identified as such.
The information, including pictures, disseminated shall be true and accurate.
The Press shall avoid originating, printing, publishing and disseminating any material, which encourages or incites discrimination or hatred on grounds of race, region, caste,sect, nationality, ethnicity, gender, disability, illness or age of an individual or group.
The Press shall not lend itself to the projection of crime as heroic and the criminals as heroes.
The Press shall avoid printing, publishing or disseminating any material, which may bring into contempt. Pakistan or its people or tend to undermine its sovereignty or integrity as an independent country.
The Press shall not publish or disseminate any material or expression which is violative of Article 19 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
The Press shall rectify promptly any harmful inaccuracies, ensure that corrections and apologies receive due prominence and afford the right of reply to persons criticized or commented upon when the issue is of sufficient importance.
While reporting on medical issues, care must be taken to avoid sensationalism, which could arouse baseless fears or false hopes in the readers. Early research findings should not be presented as though they were conclusive or almost conclusive.
Sensationalism of violence and brutalities shall be avoided. All reporting shall be accurate, particularly when court proceedings are covered and an accused person must not be presented as guilty before judgments has been pronounced.
In case of sexual offences heinous crime against children, juveniles and women, names and identifying photographs shall not be published.
Confidentiality agreed upon at briefings and background interviews must be observed.
The Press while publishing findings of opinion polls and surveys shall indicate the number of people, geographical area on which the polls and surveys were conducted and the identity of poll sponsor.
Any kind of privilege or inducement, financial or otherwise, which is likely to create conflict of interest and any inducement offered to influence the performance of professional duties and is not compatible with the concept of reputable, independent and responsible press, must be avoided.