Because Cambodia observes democracy, freedom and multiparty system, we notice that the media sector has developed in many forms. As a result, many media institutions were established to serve different purposes. Some of them uphold independence in their mission.
According to the experience in the past, some Cambodian journalists have received formal journalism training in low level and some others did not implement the professional journalism, which are the causes why the media sector cannot serve the need of the social development and its citizens, especially the need for journalistic ethics.
Recognizing ethics as a foundation for practicing journalism, and seeing the lack of code of ethics for journalism, media associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) agreed on a common code of ethics in conformity with the ethics of journalism in many developed countries around the world.
We, the journalists, believe that having a common code of ethics for journalism is very crucial in improving the confidence among the general public, especially in serving them with sense of seriousness and honesty.
1. Seek and report the truth
1.1. Always make the writings and news coverage reliable and accurate.
1.2. Collect reports, photos and any information in a legal manner.
1.3. Ensure the accuracy of facts before publication.
1.4. Identify properly facts and opinions in the reports for clarity of information.
1.5. Criticize constructively and in a dignified manner.
1.6. Reports only information received from the sources and refrain from omitting or distorting important information.
1.7. Make the news coverage fair, neutral, balance, and devoid of misleading information.
1.8. Give opportunity to persons who have less chance to speak for them to provide information. Continue reading