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THE CITIZEN for Social
Responsibility was created as an educational tool, which seeks to examine
critical issues in our society that are not being addressed by motivating public
debate and discussion. It is solely an enterprise which does not seek
profit as its reason to exist.
- Code of Ethics:
( excerpts from our founding
WE BELIEVE that public enlightenment is
the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the
journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair
comprehensive account of events and issues... As members of this organization's
publishing sector, we share a dedication to ethical behavior and adopt this code
and declare these principles and standards of practice as our ideal.
1. SEEK THE TRUTH and PUBLISH
- test accuracy, identify sources, never oversimplify, never plagiarize,
tell the unpopular story, examine cultural values in an egalitarian and
non-judgmental manner, avoid and refute stereotypes, provide a voice to the
voiceless-- official or unofficial sources of information...
2. BE HONEST and ETHICAL
- avoid conflicts of interest, remain free of associations and activities
that compromise integrity or damage credibility, refuse gifts, favors, fees or
other employment and service in community organizations if they compromise
integrity... disclose unavoidable conflicts of interest.
3. BE ACCOUNTABLE
- present public interest information, encourage public to express opinions
and address grievances, admit mistakes and correct them promptly, expose
unethical practices in society...
4. BE VIGILANT and COURAGEOUS
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