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Camchi Belleza

on 21 August 2014

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It was hallowed from the National Press Club (NPC) of the Philippines in 1988

The Journalist’s Code of Ethics is fruit of the NPC’s decades-long pining for a written set of standards in Philippine journalism

According to Manuel Almario, the NPC founding member in 1987, members were already losing sight of the real purpose of the club, which is to advance journalism for the benefit of the people. So, in a few month's time, the NPC Ethics Committee were already drafting the code.

After being subjected to rounds of scrutiny and consultation, the Journalist’s Code of Ethics was finally ratified during the April 30, 1988 annual convention of the NPC. The Philippine Press Institute also approved the Code.
"All things must be examined, debated, investigated without exception and without regard for anyone's feelings." - Denis Diderot
Short History of the Code of Ethics

I (State your name)
A future media practitioner, solemnly swear to follow the Philippine Journalist’s Code of Ethics in order to form a right institution that shall promote and uphold the standards and ethics of journalism. Work towards the ideals of genuine service in the country and the Filipino people.

I state here, as a member of this institution to be accurate in reporting, avoid distortion of information and avoid libelous or slanderous acts; do hereby ordain and promulgate this Constitution and By-laws.

Friday, August 22, 2014
Vol I, No. 1
The Code of Ethics
I. I shall scrupulously report and interpret the news, taking care not to suppress essential facts nor to distort the truth by omission or improper emphasis. I recognize the duty to air the other side and the duty to correct substantive errors promptly.

II. I shall not violate confidential information on material given me in the exercise of my calling.

III. I shall resort only to fair and honest methods in my effort to obtain news, photographs and/or documents, and shall properly identify myself as a representative of the press when obtaining any personal interview intended for publication.

IV. I shall refrain from writing reports that will adversely affect a private reputation unless the public interest justifies it. At the same time, I shall fight vigorously for public access to information.

V. I shall not let personal motives or interests influence me in the performance of my duties, nor shall I accept or offer any present, gift or other consideration of a nature that may cast doubt on my professional integrity.

VI. I shall not commit any act of plagiarism. (continuation on p1...)
VII. I shall not, in any manner, ridicule, cast aspersions on, or degrade any person by reason of sex, creed, religious belief, political conviction, cultural and ethnic origin.

VIII. I shall presume persons accused of crime of being innocent until proven otherwise. I shall exercise caution in publishing names of minors and women involved in criminal cases so that they may not unjustly lose their standing in society.

IX. I shall not take unfair advantage of a fellow journalist.

X. I shall accept only such tasks as are compatible with the integrity and dignity of my profession, invoking the ?conscience clause? when duties imposed on me conflict with the voice of my conscience.

XI. I shall conduct myself in public or while performing my duties as journalist in such manner as to maintain the dignity of my profession. When in doubt, decency should be my watchword.
The Vow of Journalistic Duty
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