Code Of Ethics For Digital News Websites

The Digital News Publishers Association has voluntarily developed a code of conduct for its members, outlined below, demonstrating their commitment to responsible digital publishing even our 19 (1)(a) and another constitutional review. It examines any potential developments. . To restrict the collection and dissemination of news and current affairs or any other material following the requirements of the law to protect the mandatory liberties.

The purpose of this code is to outline high standards, ethics and practices in digital news publishing. It does not attempt to involve itself in the day-to-day operations of publishers who have complete editorial and content freedom.

The main rules of the Code of Conduct are to uphold the standards of digital publishing and to protect and uphold the freedoms of journalists, content organizations and publishers.

  1. Digital news websites comply with the country’s laws, including the Constitution of India, more than 30 laws about the media, the relevant provisions of the IPC, the CrPC and the Information Technology Act, 2000.
  2. They also diligently adhere to accepted journalistic ethics and practice standards and maintain the highest standards of professional conduct. There are many levels in this self-regulatory ethics and code, including those set out by specific organizations and strict action in the newsroom at the level of journalists and editors.
  3. Accuracy, transparency and impartiality Members should refrain from publishing inaccurate, baseless or distorted content. Pre-release verification should be mandatory. Defamation should be avoided. Compliance with applicable laws and regulations is required.
  4. Right to Reply
    1. News reports and articles should include comments or versions of the person or party against whom the allegations have been made. If not moved, the response of the person or party, if received later, is to be included.
    2. If there is a development in the news, and the person or party concerned requests an update, it should be forwarded properly. The update date should also appear in the published news.
  5. Takedown, delete or edit
    1. If incorrect information is found in a news report or article, the person or party concerned may, on contact, provide accurate information, self-identify, provide the necessary documents or materials, edit the news report or part of the article. Should. Or removed.
    2. If the whole news report contains false, misleading information, the entire article should be deleted.
  6. Respect Intellectual Property Rights
    1. Copyright must be respected in text, photographs, plans, diagrams, cartoons, etc. If copyrighted material is used, prior permission must be obtained and the publisher must acknowledge the moral and proprietary rights.
    2. If permission is required to pay fees or royalties, the same must be paid.
    3. Third party trade marks and service marks should not be used without prior permission or if such use constitutes reasonable use.
    4. In case of intellectual property infringement after receipt of the request and receipt of the required documents, the relevant material should be edited, removed or downloaded if necessary.
  7. Care should be taken for sensational cases and crime reporting. The notion of innocence should be preserved. Evidence, the conduct of witnesses and witnesses, comments and speculation about the conduct of the accused and the victim and their respective conduct should be avoided. Such reporting should be factual and impartial.
  8. Special care should be taken when reporting sexual harassment in the workplace, child abuse, rape, where the accused or victim is a minor, marriage, riots and communal disputes / conflicts, divorce and custody matters, adoption cases, etc.
    1. Care should be taken to comply with Sections 67, 67A and 67B of the Information Technology Act, 2000, where applicable which provide pornographic material in electronic, sexually explicit material and sexually explicit acts. Content. Form.
  9. Grievance Redressal Mechanism
    1. Members while mediators defined under the Information Technology Act, 2000 follow the grievance redressal method described therein and are aware of the responsibilities and safe port security under Section 79 of the IT Act, 2000. Therefore, as relevant, they comply with the Information Technology (Intermediate Guidelines) Rules, 2011 which includes the appointment of a Complaints Officer, whose contact details are displayed on the website and who will be notified by the affected person within 36 hours of receiving the complaint. And redress the grievance within one month of its receipt.
  10. Training and Awareness Programs
    1. Periodic training programs with editorial staff on current provisions relating to the provisions of the Constitution of India, more than 30 laws relating to media such as the Dignified Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, Copyright Act, Right to Information Act, Indian Penal Code and Awareness Planning. CRPC and related provisions regarding reporting on CrPC, civil and criminal defamation, IPR, juvenile justice, POCSO, rape and molestation, workplace harassment, sex or gender related crimes, domestic violence, etc.
    2. Names and details of victims, if adolescents or in the workplace, should be strictly avoided for identification of victims or offenders.
    3. Photos of victims, their whereabouts, workplaces, etc. should be avoided.
    4. Special care and caution should be exercised at all times when reporting matters relating to communal or religious disputes / conflicts. Such news will be published only after proper verification of the facts. They should be presented with due care and restraint, so as to ensure a conducive environment to promote communal harmony, harmony and peace.
    5. Special care in reporting of courts and judicial matters. To create awareness among the editorial staff about legal privileges and accurate reporting of court hearings, judicial matters etc. To be sure, versions of victims and defendants are covered without comment.
    6. Respect for privacy, especially for individuals who are not in public life.