(A code of conduct adopted by the Media Council of Tanzania, a voluntary non-statutory body whose task is to ensure the highest professional standards. The Codes are enshrined the Constitutions of the Association of Journalists and Media Work-ers (AIM) and Tanzania Journalists Association (TAJA)).
|Article 1: The Right to Truth
(a) Every journalist has a duty to tell, adhere to, adore and faith-fully defend, the truth.
(b) A journalist shall make adequate inquiries, do cross-checking of facts in order to provide the public with unbiased, accurate, balanced comprehensive information/news.
Article 2: Professional Integrity
A journalist should not solicit, not accept bribes or any form of inducement meant to bend or influence professional perform-ance.
Article 3: Non-Disclosure of Source
A journalist should not disclose sources of information given in confidence.
Article 4: Social Responsibility
A journalist shall, in collection and dissemination of information, bear in mind his/her responsibility to the public which means to educate citizens and others on matters affecting them and their surroundings, and consistently strive to put ahead of others, matters of public and national interest.
Article 5: Respect for Human Dignity
(a) A journalist should avoid violation of individual privacy and human dignity unless such violation is done for a provable pub-lic interest.
Article 6: Discrimination
A journalist should not engage in publication, directly or indi-rectly or by implication, of stories, information, photos that in-jure, or discriminate against anybody for his/her colour, religion, origin or sex.
Article 7: Identity and the Underdog.
(a) A journalist should not open to ridicule the underdog includ-ing minors, the old, the bereaved and any other underprivileged persons or communities.
Article 8: Facts and Comments
(a) A journalist should always draw a clear line between com-ment, conjecture and fact.
Article 9: Sensationalism
Sensationalism is mainly inherent in stories but a journalist must guard against highlighting incidents out of context, either in headlines or in reportage/narration.
Article 10: Correction and Right of Reply
(a) Any warranted correction must be done promptly and with due prominence.
Article 11: Working Together.
Journalists should work together in safeguarding this Code of Ethics which is applicable to members in the state-owned me-dia, private media and local freelance journalists.