Bermuda Wired has adopted its Code of Ethics from the Bermuda Media Council as of February 1, 2011, after subscribing to the standards set by the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) in the United States.

Here’s the preamble of the Code, set out by the Bermuda Media Council:

Members of the media have a duty to maintain the highest professional standards.

The Code of Practice, which includes this preamble and the public interest exceptions in Section 1, sets the benchmark for ethical standards, protecting both the rights of the individual and the public’s right to know.

It is the cornerstone of the system of self-regulation to which the industry in Bermuda has made a binding commitment.

Freedom of the press is indivisible from, and subject to, the same rights and duties as that of the individual and rests on the public’s fundamental right to be informed and to receive and to disseminate opinions freely.

The primary purpose of gathering and distributing news and opinion is to serve Bermuda by informing citizens and enabling them to make informed judgments on the issues of the time.

The Code serves as a reference point for the public and also as an essential guide for journalists in Bermuda.

It is vital that this Code be honoured not only by the letter but also in spirit. It should not be interpreted so narrowly as to compromise its commitment to respect the rights of the individual, nor so broadly that it constitutes an unnecessary interference with freedom of expression or prevents publication in the public interest.

It is the responsibility of editors, publishers and managers to apply the Code to editorial material. They should ensure it is observed rigorously by all editorial staff and external contributors, including non-journalists.

“Public enlightenment,” as defined by the (U.S.) Society of Professional Journalists, “is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy”. This is the guiding principle of this Code.

To read the Code in full, CLICK HERE.

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