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At the very core of the mission of BenarNews is strict adherence to the highest standards of journalism. All BenarNews journalists (including all who gather, obtain, post, or disseminate reports for BenarNews) must conduct themselves professionally and ethically, in accordance with the following basic principles:

BenarNews reports must be accurate, fair, and balanced.

BenarNews journalists must maintain a calm, dispassionate tone and avoid polemics, propaganda, or slurs directed against any persons, groups, or governments. BenarNews journalists must not preach or talk down to readers.

BenarNews journalists must not incite readers to violence or encourage acts of rebellion or emigration; rather, they should uphold democratic values such as the free flow of information and provide a forum for a variety of opinions and points of view.

BenarNews journalists must not include rumor or unsubstantiated information in any report. Whenever possible, they must seek and obtain more than one source for a story.

If a BenarNews journalist makes a material error in a BenarNews report, the journalist must promptly acknowledge the error and issue a correction, typically via the same communication medium in which the error was disseminated.

BenarNews journalists must give full credit when using any part of another news organization’s or media source’s interviews, reports, or materials.

BenarNews journalists must remain independent of any political party, opposition group, exile organization, or religious body in the countries to which BenarNews reports are disseminated, and must not advocate any political viewpoint potentially compromising or perceived as compromising the objectivity or impartiality of BenarNews.

BenarNews journalists must clearly identify outside contributors and, in any commentary, include a disclaimer that the opinions expressed are not necessarily those of BenarNews. In each case, BenarNews retains the right to edit the work of outside contributors and make the final decision as to what goes into a report or program.

BenarNews journalists must not accept anything of value such as gifts, favors, or trips from news sources or others who might be in a position to influence BenarNews reports.

BenarNews journalists must not take on work or activities outside of BenarNews that would infringe on their responsibilities to BenarNews. Anyone who wants to pursue such an outside responsibility or activity, including the making of speeches or other public appearances related to the activities of BenarNews, must obtain prior approval as provided in the Conflict of Interests policy.

In their work for BenarNews, journalists must not represent any other entity or media organization, government body, or NGO.

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