Journalists should defend the independence of all journalists from those seeking influence or control over news content. They should—
- gather and report news without fear or favour, and vigorously resist undue influence from any outside forces, including advertisers, sources, story, subjects, powerful individuals and special interest groups;
- resist those who would buy or politically influence news content or who would seek to intimidate those who gather and disseminate news;
- determine news content solely through editorial judgement and not the result of outside influence.
- resist any self-interest or peer pressure that might erode journalistic duty and service to the public.
- recognize that sponsorship of the news should not be used in any way to determine, restrict or manipulate content.
- refuse to allow the interests of ownership or management to influence news’ judgement and content inappropriately.