This document constitutes a guideline to the values of Jordan News, and those affiliated to it. These principles are to be adhered by all editors, journalists and freelancers working for Jordan News. These rules are to be read and understood by all employees and contributors of Jordan News.
Article 1: Five core principles of Journalism
The main pursuit of journalism is to seek the truth and inform the public of it. Journalists and editors must be accurate and clear when reporting facts, comments, or otherwise, and shall refrain from misleading the public by vague insinuations, be it intentionally or otherwise, including headlines not accurately corroborated by the story text, or distorted information or images. Stories must always distinguish between, corroborated facts and comments, opinions, and sponsored content, which, in all cases, must be attributed to credible sources and evidence.
Jordan News is an independent media organization, and its journalists must conduct themselves accordingly. Journalists must act autonomously and are only questionable by the company and their superiors and must not be influenced or directed by any other parties.
Journalists shall strive to cover the news in a fair and balanced manner, based on objective criteria without bias towards any person, entity, or point of view. You must remember that when you are covering a story that you are not part of it unless you are. When covering incidents, news, events you must refrain from reflecting your opinion or agenda. If you were to become part of the story, i.e., arrested, beaten, or abused you will inform your direct superior who will determine how to reflect that in the report.
It is your responsibility as a representative and member of Jordan News to treat colleagues, sources, subjects, and members of the public with respect and dignity, and with the utmost consideration to the principles of human rights.
When dealing with subjects, whether directly or indirectly, it is crucial to act with compassion and empathy and be especially mindful when working with children, inexperienced subjects/sources, or victims of trauma (e.g., war, disaster, prosecution, discrimination).
Journalists must remain conscious of the effect that gathering information, reporting, or publishing may have on those with whom you interact whether they are sources, subjects, or members of the public. If in doubt, consult your superiors to avoid risking the wellbeing and safety of the groups.
Journalists must always remain extremely careful when deciding to publicise the identities of sexual-assault or juvenile victims or other survivors of human rights violations.
Journalists must remain aware of potential triggers to victims of trauma in whichever form it may take. This may require the modification or omission of planned questions in an interview setting.
We are accountable to our readers to deliver accurate and timely news, content and information. Whenever we make a mistake, we shall promptly make corrections and clarifications to the public, and we shall explain our process and defend our work to readers when they request it (refer to corrections and clarifications section).
Article 2: Abidance by legal parameters (pursuant to Jordanian laws and context)
Awareness of violations that leave staff vulnerable to libel/slander suits (emphasis on accuracy and truth as the most effective protection against such misconduct).
Ability to make sound judgment when balancing the right of individuals to privacy against public interest.
The protection of a journalists’ sources of paramount in the eyes of the Jordanian law even before the judiciary.
Materials and information that arise in the context of an active investigation are deemed secret and may not be published while the investigation is ongoing, unless approved by the Public Prosecutor.
Note: It goes without saying that we will not endeavor to summarise or address the entirety of Jordan’s press and publications law. Nonetheless, it may be important to include some of the highlights such as the points above. The following links are quite helpful: https://repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1001&context=jordan_program https://en.unesco.org/sites/default/files/updatedjordan.ppl-analysis.16-05-18ls-1.pdf
Article 3: Responsibility to the readers
We must treat readers with respect and integrity in both public and private dealings. Listen to and account for the interests of our readers and the public without prejudice, observing the principles of neutrality, objectivity and morality.
Article 4: Non-discrimination
Reporters and editors shall conduct their respective duties without placing emphasis or exhibiting bias pertaining to the race, gender, religion, beliefs, social group, ethnicity, or nationality of individuals, whether colleagues, sources, readers, subjects or otherwise.
Article 5: Conflict of interest
Media professionals are obligated to disclose it when faced with a conflict of interest. Failure to disclose/avoid conflict of interest may result in discontent or the loss of trust on the part of the readers, which in turn may incur permanent damage to the newspaper and jeopardize its credibility. Refer to the clause below on accepting bribes/gifts as those comprise key cases of conflict of interest.
Avoiding conflict of interest: