Alberta Press Council code of practice

The Leduc/Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer is a member of the Alberta Press Council and follows its code of practice.

The Leduc/Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer is a member of the Alberta Press Council and follows its code of practice. According to the press council, newspapers, periodicals and journalists have a duty to defend the freedom of the press in the interest of the public, and to resist censorship. Unethical conduct jeopardizes this objective.

Accuracy: It is the duty of the newspapers to avoid publishing inaccurate or misleading statements and further, it is the duty of newspapers to correct promptly, and with due prominence, significant inaccuracies or such misleading statements.

Opportunity To Reply: It is the duty of newspapers to allow a fair opportunity for reply when reasonably called for. Individuals and organizations should be given a fair and reasonable opportunity to reply to a personal attack or criticism.

Privacy: Publishing material or making inquiries about the private lives of individuals without their consent is not acceptable unless these are in the public interest overriding the right of privacy.

Balance: A newspaper has an obligation to make all reasonable efforts to pursue comment from any person or organization about whom it publishes, or plans to publish, damaging statements in a news story.

Journalism Of Opinion: Newspapers are free to exercise the widest possible latitude in expressing opinions, no matter how controversial or unpopular the opinions may be. Columnists, editorial cartoonists and others should have the same latitude in expressing opinion, but when they present what purports to be a statement of fact, they should strive to ensure it is accurate. Journalists should clearly distinguish between comment and fact, and conjecture should not be expressed as a statement of fact. Opinions should be distinguishable from news stories. Newspapers should provide a forum for the exchange of comment and criticism, especially when such comment is opposed to its editorial position.

Subterfuge: Newspapers and journalists serving them should use straightforward means to obtain information or pictures. Their use of subterfuge can be justified only to obtain material which ought to be published in the public interest and could not be obtained by any other means.

Payment For articles: Payments or offers of payment for stories, pictures or information should not be made to witnesses or potential witnesses in current criminal proceedings, or to people engaged in crime or their associates, except where the material concerned ought to be published in the public interest and the payment is necessary to enable this to be done.

Intrusion Into grief: Newspapers and journalists serving them should in general avoid intruding into personal grief. Inquiries should be carried out with sympathy and discretion.

Innocent relatives: Newspapers should exercise care and discretion before identifying relatives of persons convicted or accused of crimes where the reference to them is not directly relevant to the matter reported.

Interviewing children: Journalists should exercise discretion when interviewing a child under the age of 18 or a dependent adult, in the absence of, or without the consent of, a parent or guardian.

Children in sex cases: Save in exceptional circumstances, newspapers should not, even where the law permits it, identify children under the age of 18 as victims, witnesses or defendants involved in cases concerning sexual offences.

Sexual offences: Newspapers should not identify victims of sexual offences, or publish material likely to contribute to such identification.

Pictures: The APC recognizes the importance of newspapers having the widest possible latitude to publish images. Newspapers should consider the impact on their readers of publishing pictures which are prurient, gratuitously violent or which needlessly cause distress.

Discrimination: Newspapers should not publish material likely to encourage discrimination, in particular, discrimination based on the race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, and should avoid reference to such matters in prejudicial or pejorative contexts unless they are directly relevant to the story.

Financial journalism: Journalists should not use for their own profit financial information they receive in advance of its general publication.

Hospitals: Journalists making inquiries at hospitals or similar institutions should identify themselves to a responsible official before entering, except in very rare cases where information which ought to be disclosed could not otherwise be obtained.

Confidential sources: Journalists have an obligation to protect confidential sources of information. New sources should be disclosed to readers in a news story unless there is a compelling reason not to do so.

 

Just Posted

Big concert coming to Winfield, County of Wetaskiwin this summer

County of Wetaskiwin CPO may have interrupted robbery in subdivision

The Crooked Lake School dates to 1898

Frank Lyft served as first secretary of the district

Let the Games begin!

Team Alberta takes home gold and silver in speed skating on day one

WATCH: Historic night in Red Deer as 2019 Canada Winter Games kicks off

Star-studded Opening Ceremony features athletes from across Canada

Athletes’ medals unveiled at the official kick-off of 2019 Canada Winter Games

Medals depict Central Alberta landscape and pay tribute to First Nations

‘Our entire municipality is heartbroken’: Seven children die in Halifax house fire

A man and woman remained in hospital Tuesday afternoon, the man with life-threatening injuries

Alberta’s Pascale Paradis earns bronze in 7.5 km Female Biathlon

Canada Games action carries through to March 2nd

Alberta investing $3.7B to move oil by rail, leasing cars

4,400 leased railway cars will move up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day by 2020

Make sure measles shots up to date, Public Health Agency says

Measles causes high fever, coughing, sneezing and a widespread painful rash

Alberta earns three medals in Long Track Speed Skating

Alberta now has 16 medals (6-5-5) and currently sits in second place of the medal standings

Payless to close 248 Canadian stores, saying it’s ‘ill-equipped’ for market

The company will begin closing stores at the end of March

Team Alberta takes exciting victory in wheelchair basketball, remains undefeated

After three games in the tournament, Alberta is sitting in first place of its pool

UPDATED: ‘Violent’ B.C. man back in custody after Alberta arrest

Prince George man with ties to Vernon was being sought by police

After a week away, SNC-Lavalin questions await MPs returning to Parliament

Two have resigned already: Jody Wilson-Raybould was veterans affairs minister and Gerald Butts was Trudeau’s principal secretary

Most Read