Code of Ethics
The Voice Of Sikkim (referred to as “we,” “us,” or “our”) is committed to upholding the highest standards of journalistic ethics and integrity. Our Code of Ethics serves as a guiding framework for all our employees, journalists, editors, and contributors in delivering accurate, reliable, and fair news content to our readers. We are dedicated to providing responsible journalism that informs, educates, and empowers our audience.
1. Accuracy and Fairness:
We strive to report news accurately and fairly, ensuring that information is verified and attributed to reliable sources. We will correct any errors promptly and transparently, promoting accountability and maintaining the trust of our readers.
2. Objectivity and Impartiality:
We are committed to presenting news stories in an objective and impartial manner, separating news from opinion. We will provide balanced coverage that presents multiple perspectives and encourages critical thinking among our readers.
We maintain editorial independence and ensure that our reporting is free from undue influence or bias. We will not allow personal or commercial interests to compromise the integrity of our news content.
4. Integrity and Transparency:
We will conduct ourselves with honesty, integrity, and transparency in all aspects of our work. We will clearly disclose conflicts of interest and avoid any activities that could undermine our credibility or independence.
5. Privacy and Sensitivity:
We respect the privacy of individuals and will handle personal information with care and in accordance with applicable privacy laws. We will exercise sensitivity in reporting on private matters, especially when involving vulnerable individuals or sensitive topics.
6. Respect and Diversity:
We will treat all individuals with respect, regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or social background. We will not engage in discriminatory practices or publish content that promotes hate speech, discrimination, or prejudice.
7. Responsible Use of Sources:
We will properly attribute and credit our sources, giving recognition to their contributions. We will not plagiarize or misrepresent the work of others and will refrain from using anonymous sources unless it is necessary and in the public interest.
8. Accountability and Corrections:
We are accountable to our readers and the public. We welcome feedback, comments, and criticism and will address them promptly and professionally. We will make corrections promptly when errors are identified, ensuring accuracy and transparency.
9. Editorial Integrity:
We will clearly distinguish between news, analysis, and opinion pieces, providing context and clarity to our readers. We will label sponsored or advertorial content clearly to differentiate it from our news reporting.
10. Professional Conduct:
We will adhere to professional standards of conduct, including refraining from engaging in illegal activities, plagiarism, harassment, or any form of unethical behavior. We will foster a respectful and inclusive work environment for all employees.
By adhering to this Code of Ethics, we strive to maintain the trust, credibility, and respect of our readers and uphold the fundamental principles of journalism. We are committed to continuous improvement and will regularly review and update our practices to ensure that we meet and exceed the highest ethical standards.
Last updated: 16 July 2023