On Thursday evening, Pete Evans pressed ‘publish’ on a curious Instagram post.
“Has the modern day journalist lost sight of their code of ethics?” the Aussie TV chef, who proselytises the supposed benefits of Paleo living, wrote underneath an image of big, bold, bright red letters that spelled “F-GRADE JOURNALISTS”.
“Let’s have a look at what they are meant to represent and uphold!” he continued, adding a lengthy slab of copy pulled from our supposed “code of ethics”.
“The news should be based on facts and information where truthfulness can be checked,” Evans quoted, among other standards about neutrality and objectivity.
There was just one small problem, though.
Has the modern day journalist lost sight of their code of ethics? Let’s have a look at what they are meant to represent and uphold! “The journalist must defend the freedom of speech, retain independence of his/her political views and convictions. He/she must resist any efforts to distort information or introduce censorship. Like any other citizen, the journalist has a right to political and other convictions. However, in his/her professional activity he/she should remain neutral and objective. Principles for searching and receiving information Respecting the right of society to objective information, the journalist must convey truthful information and a whole spectrum of opinions on certain issues. The news should be based on facts and information where truthfulness can be checked. The journalist should do his/her best to obtain information from all possible sources, to make sure it is complete, truthful and unbiased. Information which may offend or humiliate a person should be checked especially carefully.” http://ethicnet.uta.fi/belarus/journalists_ethics_code