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PRESS STATEMENT

September 10th, 2015. Istanbul

The Board of the Ethical Charter for Syrian Media is proud to hold a press conference on Thursday, September 10th, 2015 to launch its Ethical Charter, developed and signed by over 20 Syrian media institutions, seeking an active role for these media to contribute in building a new Syrian society.

These Syrian media actors – including radio stations, newspapers, magazines, and online news outlets – met during a series of roundtables to discuss the promotion of an Ethical Charter, intended to serve as a vocational and ethical reference to organize the signatories’ work. The Charter aims to provide freedom of expression through professional and ethical journalism.

During the course of one year, the members met regularly to discuss, analyze, and share similar projects conducted in other countries. They made use of experts in media charters, choosing the appropriate wording for the current Syrian situation. They wanted the Charter to be a result of an inclusive Syrian process and to support them in making their vision of free Syrian media a reality.

The Charter seeks to be an ethical reference for new Syrian media; it is all-inclusive and does not present itself as a replacement for any other existing charter.

The Charter is based on the following general principles:

  • Accuracy, soundness and credibility of information,
  • Objectivity and integrity,
  • Balance, equity and pluralism,
  • The right of to respond or correct media institutions in case of offense,
  • Independence in coverage,
  • Respect for the truth and freedom of expression.

This Charter aims to encourage journalists to respect these general principles in the performance of their duties, particularly those pertaining to the respect of human dignity and the safeguarding of the rights of persons with special needs or who are disenabled due to health or legal reasons. It also protects minors’ rights taking into account the clauses of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The Ethical Charter for Syrian Media is a living document, with its first version being presented here. This Charter is the result of an inclusive Syrian process and seeks to be an ethical reference for new Syrian media, promoting freedom of expression through professional and ethical journalism based on agreed principles of ethics.