CODE OF ETHICS

Being a regional  media outlet, Hilltopvoices will stand on the following as Our code of ethics in pursuance of the vision and mission it has set for itself:




1. Adhere to the journalistic values of honesty, courage, fairness, balance, independence, credibility and diversity, giving no priority to commercial or political over professional consideration.

2. Treat our readers with due respect and address every issue or story with due attention to present a clear, factual and accurate picture while giving full consideration to the feelings of victims of crime, war, persecution and disaster, their relatives and our viewers, and to individual privacies and public decorum.

3. Welcome fair and honest media competition without allowing it to affect adversely our standards of performance and thereby having a “scoop” would not become an end in itself.

4. Present the diverse points of view and opinions without bias and partiality.

5. Recognise diversity in the Northwest societies with all their  cultures and beliefs and their values and intrinsic individualities so as to present unbiased and faithful reflection of them.

6. Acknowledge a mistake when it occurs, promptly correct it and ensure it does not recur.

7. Distinguish between news material, opinion and analysis to avoid the snares of speculation and propaganda.
8. Stand by colleagues in the profession and give them support when required, particularly in the light of the acts of aggression and harassment to which journalists are subjected at times.