DNPA Code of Ethics
News Source: Hindustan Prime
The Digital News Publishers Association freely made the following Code of Ethics for its members: This shows that they are dedicated to responsible digital media, even as they work to protect our 19 (1) (a) and
keeps any changes that might make it harder to gather and share news, current events, or any other information that is protected by the Constitution under close scrutiny.
The goal of this code is to set high standards for business ethics and conduct in the digital world.
publishing news, and it doesn’t try to get involved in the day-to-day work of the authors, who are completely free to decide what to write and how to write it.
The main idea behind the Code of Ethics is to keep the norms of digital
publishing as well as safeguarding and upholding the freedom of media, content providers, and publishers.
1. Websites that have news follow the rules, which includes the
Constitution of India, the more than 30 laws that deal with the media, and the appropriate parts of the IPC, the CrPC, and the IT Act, 2000, when they apply.
2. They also carefully follow the rules and ethics of journalism and stay up to the best levels of professional behavior.
There are different levels of these self-regulatory ethics and codes, such as those set by specific groups and the strict rules that writers and editors follow in newsrooms.
3. Truthfulness, openness, and fairness
Members should not put out false, misleading, or incorrect information. Verification before publishing should be required.
Defamation should not happen. It is important to follow the laws and rules that apply.
4. The right to answer
a. Comments or versions of the person or party against whom accusations are made should be included in news stories and pieces. If it wasn’t taken, the person or party’s answer should be added if it comes in later.
b. If something new happens in the news and someone asks for a report, it must be made available in the right way. The date of the last change should also be in the news story that is spread.
5. Delete, remove, or change
If it turns out that a news story or article has false or incorrect information in it, that part of the story or article should be edited or deleted after the person or party in question comes forward with the correct information, identifies themselves, and provides any necessary documents or materials.
If it turns out that the whole news story has fake or misleading information, the whole thing should be thrown out.
6. Take care of the rights to intellectual property
a. You must respect the rights to text, photos, plans, sketches, drawings, and other things that are copied. If copy-protected material is used, permission should be asked for ahead of time, and the newspaper must recognize moral and legal rights.
b. If getting permission costs money, you have to pay that money.
c. Trademarks and service marks owned by other people should not be used without permission or if the use is fair.
d. If there is misuse of intellectual property, the content should be changed, removed, or taken down as needed as soon as we get a request and the appropriate papers.
7. Be careful about telling news stories that are shocking or about crimes.
The presumption of innocence must be maintained. Comments and guesses about the proof, the behavior of witnesses and accused people, and the behavior of victims and accused people should be ignored. Reporting like this should be based on facts and be fair to everyone.
8. Extra care needs to be taken when reporting sexual harassment at work, child abuse, rape where the accused or victims are kids, marriage problems, riots and community fights, divorce and custody cases, adoption issues, and so on.
• Be careful to follow Sections 67, 67A, and 67B of the Information Technology Act, 2000, as they may apply. These sections say that it is illegal to publish or send obscene, sexually explicit, or pictures of children doing sexually explicit acts in electronic form.
9. A Way to File a Complaint
In order to follow the rules set out in the Information Technology Act, 2000, members who act as middlemen must use the complaints procedure and are aware of the risks and safe harbor provisions in Section 79 of that law. Therefore, in accordance with the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules, 2011, they have appointed a grievance officer whose contact information is available online. This person acts within 36 hours of receiving a complaint from a person who has been affected and resolves the complaint within one month of receiving it.
10. Programs to train and raise awareness
Editorial staff should be trained and made aware of existing laws on a regular basis. These should include the Constitution of India, the over 30 laws that affect the media, such as the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, the Copyright Act, the Right to Information Act, relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code, civil and criminal defamation, IPR, juvenile justice, POCSO, relevant sections about reporting on rape and molestation, and harassment at work.
Names of victims and information that could be used to identify victims or the offender should not be shared, especially if the victim is a minor or at work.
Photos of victims, their homes, places of work, etc. should not be used.
It is always important to be extra careful while
reporting on issues that have to do with racial or religious conflicts or disagreements. These kinds of news stories should only be released after the facts have been checked properly, and they should be presented with the right amount of care and control to create an atmosphere that encourages peace, unity, and goodwill among people.
When writing about courts and legal issues, be extra careful. Make sure that the editing staff knows about congressional rights and how to properly write on court meetings, other legal issues, and so on. To make sure that all forms of victim and accused are included, with no notes.
Respect people’s privacy, especially those who aren’t in the public eye.