중앙데일리

Article 1: Freedom of the press

We journalists believe that freedom of press is a fundamental right,
given in order to realize the public’s right to know.
We pledge to defend this freedom from all internal and external abuse,
pressure and restrictions.

Article 2: Responsibility of the press

We journalists believe that the press has a great responsibility
as an important institution for society. We pledge to exert
all possible effort to inform the public, encourage debate and promote welfare.
We also pledge to actively protect the basic rights of the people.

Article 3: Independence of the press

We journalists insist that the press maintain independence from any external force, including political, economic, social or religious force. We pledge to reject any attempt to interfere with or unjustly use the press.

Article 4: Reports and critiques

We journalists pledge to report full accounts of the truth accurately, objectively and impartially. Likewise, we pledge to critique impartially and justly on the basis of truth and honesty, and we pledge to give voice to diverse opinions in order to contribute to the shaping of honest public opinion.

Article 5: Respecting individual honor and protection of privacy

We journalists pledge to not defame any individual’s character and to not violate anyone’s privacy.

Article 6: Respecting the right to reply and providing the opportunity for media access

We journalists acknowledge that the press is a public institution and pledge to respect the rights of individuals and particularly endeavor to give readers the opportunity to reply to stories, correct or contradict them and to voice their opinions in the press.

Article 7: Dignity of journalists

We journalists must hold the pride and dignity of our profession and its practitioners. We pledge to abstain from the use of indecent language and to encourage proper and correct language usage.


Executives and staff members of the Korea JoongAng Daily
Oct. 17, 2000