DATE: 2 February 2011
THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF JOURNALISTS (CIoJ) has written to the Commons select committee for Culture, Media and Sport, pointing out that despite what publishers may or may not do, professional journalists will still adhere to their professional ethics.
In the wake of the Express Newspaper Group pulling out of Pressbof and effectively, therefore, the PCC, much has been rightly made of the need to underpin the public’s confidence by adhering to the scheme.
However, despite what publishers may or may not do, the CIoJ has reminded ministers that the journalists who work on the paper will still respect their professional ethics and adhere to the Editor’s Code as a matter of course during their daily working lives.
“Many journalists have the Editor’s Code written into their contracts of employment,” reminded CIoJ President, Norman Bartlett, “and those journalists who belong to the Institute commit to the code as a condition of their membership. Members of the public can, therefore, be reassured that journalists still respect their professional ethics during the course of their work.”