Code of ethics

Basic principles

The media should reflect the truth as much as possible.

The interests of readers/listeners/viewers outweigh the interests of owners, news sources or advertisers.

Editors and journalists must be impartial and must not use the content of articles/radio and TV programs for personal gain.

1. Provide correct information

Be critical of news sources! Examine the facts and figures, even if they have been published before, as carefully as circumstances allow. Give the reader/recipient the necessary to distinguish between a list of facts and a comment.

2. Provide room for criticism

If the published facts are found to be incorrect or one-sided, they must be clarified or corrected. If substantiated claims are made, the previously published allegations must be refuted, allowing for a counterstatement.

3. Respect personal integrity

If the public interest inevitably requires a public statement, refrain from publicity that could offend the sanctities of privacy. Particular consideration is given to the publication of family disputes and childcare cases.

Headlines, advertising posters or other must not place emphasis on the race, nationality, religion or sex of such persons, if they are insignificant or may be perceived as discrediting.

4. Be careful with illustrations

Avoid illustrations that may offend and upset! Do not fake the content of illustrations, by cutting off part of them, assembling them or giving a misleading caption below the illustration.

5. Do not condemn anyone without hearing them out

Try to give the people you criticize with proven factual material an opportunity to respond to the criticism.

Do not publish a complaint about a crime, without carefully examining whether the complaint can be considered justified. Do not rush ahead of the decision of a court or similar authority in expressing your opinion on the issue of guilt. Outline the views of both parties.

6. Be careful with words

Carefully consider the consequences of publishing names (surnames) if it may harm people.

Refrain from doing so unless there is an obvious general interest in the name being mentioned. Unless there are particularly strong reasons for this, do not mention that the person has been convicted of a crime in the past.

Signed by:

  • Ksenija Zagorovska, Čas
  • Anita Daukšte, Rīgas Balss
  • Armands Puče, Sporta Avīze
  • Normunds Grostiņš, Jaunā Avīze
  • Juris Paiders, Dienas bizness
  • Aldis Bērziņš, Neatkarīgā Rīta Avīze
  • Gunta Līdaka, radio Kosmisko noslēpumu zinātāji
  • Ludmila Nukreviča, Respubļika