INTRODUCTION

The Asian Read is committed to journalism that involves responsible, honest, objective, and authentic facts and information, without any biased and political affiliation or allegiance to special interest groups. Our guiding philosophy is, liberal on, society and economy.

We generate content that reflects and fosters the openness of public discourse and also sets a benchmark for quality, reliability, and integrity. We are accountable to the trust readers have in us, by capturing the news and opinion that is transparent and avoids conflicts of interest.

This Code of Ethics contains the basic guiding principles for The Asian Read employees. It is a living document and will develop over time as new ideas and issues emerge in the fast-changing media environment.

All employees of The Asian Read’s editorial staff must uphold these guiding principles. This means everyone who works on the Web site (including members of the art, production, and systems departments, all Web developers and programmers, and all assistants), be they full-time, part-time, interns, or freelancers.

CODE OF ETHICS

This code of ethics is designed to provide guidelines for appropriate public, professional, online, and personal conduct expected from the employees of The Asian Read.

This document is a binding commitment for the employees of The Asian Read and is acknowledged by them. All non-editorial employees also acknowledge and understand this code and avoid doing anything that violates the code of ethics.

All the content that is produced by The Asian Read must be put through the highest standards of professional due diligence, accuracy, fairness, and integrity that this code demands.

This code of ethics will be periodically reviewed and updated to respond to the rapidly changing media landscape and the evolving rules of engagement in news generation and consumption.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

The Asian Read’s credibility rests on establishing uncompromising standards to avoid conflict of interest.

No employees of The Asian Read will sign a public petition unless the organization itself is participating in the cause.

No employees of The Asian Read will donate money to political parties or groups.

Any connections with the government, a business group, or a civil society group must be avoided or reported. Even part-time assignments or associations, whether paid or unpaid, will compromise our independence.

We must create strict walls between ourselves and the subjects we cover to avoid active involvement in any partisan causes – politics, social action, and demonstrations – that could compromise our independent ability to report, write and edit fairly. Any such association that is likely to create any conflict must be reported to the editors. When we attend an event that we advocate, we must represent ourselves as employees of The Asian Read.

The employees must disclose other business activities that may conflict with The Asian Read work. Such activities include but aren’t limited to:

  • Holding a part-time job.
  • Working as a consultant.
  • Engaging in any form of public relations in any capacity.
  • Accepting speaking fees.
  • Ghostwriting material for anyone other than an independent author.
  • Accepting compensation in any form for anything other than journalistic work.
  • Writing for publications that The Asian Read considers to be competitors, and doing commercial photography or artwork for the subject of a story for The Asian Read.

EXTERNAL ENGAGEMENTS

We work for no one except The Asian Read and any freelance assignment must have the approval of the supervisors/Editor. Writing for another publication (online or print) must be done only after permission is given by the supervisors/Editor. The article published elsewhere must identify the writer as part of The Asian Read employees. Writing under an assumed name is prohibited.

Accepting speaking engagements at conferences and seminars (paid and unpaid) must be cleared with the Editor.

ADVERTISING

Advertisers or marketing concerns will not influence our news, analysis, or opinions.

Advertisements will be marked in such a way that they are easily distinguishable from news content. Sponsored editorial features at The Asian Read will be clearly labeled and will be visibly different from editorial content.

PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

The Asian Read staff will not accept expensive gifts from people in position or from people or institutions we cover. If there are gifts that appear inappropriate, expensive, or if the intention is suspect, the staff must immediately inform the Editor.

We must not accept preferential treatment because of the position we hold as employees of a media group.

The Asian Read employees must not accept favors and hospitality. Free invitations to ticketed events must be declined, unless the purpose is to cover the event or if the seat is in the press gallery. There are some exceptions like invitations to meals.

Material like books, documents, software, hardware, pen drives, electronic gadgets, etc. provided to employees in the course of work belongs to The Asian Read and must not be resold.

The Asian Read employees will not use their press IDs to get out of situations where a law is broken. The employees will not seek commercial discounts that are not available to the general public.

The Asian Read employees must be scrupulously free of obligation to news sources and special interests. Our private behavior, as well as our professional behavior, must not bring disgrace to our profession or The Asian Read.

Editors must be ethical role models for all employees. An important part of an editor’s leadership responsibility is to exhibit the highest standards of integrity in all dealings with employees, customers, and the world at large.

Any disclosure after an alleged breach of ethics will not be considered as a mitigating factor.

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES

The Asian Read employees must not buy or sell shares using information accessed by the organization before it is published on www.theasianread.com. Editorial employees of The Asian Read will not trade in derivatives. Any shares bought must be held for at least one year and the total shareholding (including those of their immediate family, parents in case of single, and spouses) disclosed every six months to the supervisors/Editor.

The employees may, however, trade the shares of companies and industries that the employees don’t cover in news, and don’t act on any information before being published in The Asian Read.

All employees of The Asian Read who cover business and financial matters are required to disclose their financial holdings and investments to the Editor-in-Chief and avoid the potential for conflict.

The Asian Read will disclose any sponsorship arrangement that may also be the subject of an editorial feature.

ATTRIBUTION

At The Asian Read, sources will be identified whenever possible. If a source is not named, The Asian Read will provide a close description of the person – records of govt. ministry, organizations, or by position, for example –to disclose possible prejudice.

The Asian Read will give a reason for not revealing their source’s identity. When we agree to protect a source’s identity, it will not be revealed to anyone outside The Asian Read.

We work with full disclosure of our identity, motives, and methods.

Featuring tweets in an article is fine, but using private Facebook posts of others in the copy without consent is prohibited. Public posts on Facebook can be used or quoted only after consulting the Editor or in extraordinary situations.

PLAGIARISM

Content sourced from other media sources or organizations must be attributed and not plagiarized. Lifting text, quotes, and images without attribution is plagiarism. Images will not be altered without disclosure of sources. We verify the facts and information; we present in our articles and news stories. It means we don’t plagiarize.

You must notify the Editor if you find that another publication has plagiarized your article and news stories. Plagiarized work from other sources is a serious violation of our Code of Ethics.

We do not transmit news releases in their original form, we try to rewrite them so that the approach, content, structure, and length meet our requirements. We clearly cite the source, but we must try to check/augment it with information from other sources, and then write our own stories.

EXTERNAL ASSOCIATIONS

Employees of The Asian Read cannot be members of the board of another company or foundation for-profit or non-profit entity without the Supervisor/Editor’s permission.

The Asian Read employees must not engage in political advocacy either as members of a political party or an organization concerned with political change without the prior consent of the Editor.

The Asian Read employees will send entries to award competitions only with the express approval of the Editor and disclose any likely conflict of interest in such competitions.

Invitation to an employee of The Asian Read to travel out of the city/country, arranged by another organization/business, needs to be cleared by the Editor. Any coverage based on such a trip will carry a clear disclosure that the visit was sponsored/hosted.

SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY

The Asian Read employees may have personal accounts on social networking sites like Facebook and may have personal blogging accounts. It is very important that employees not use such social networking sites and blogging accounts in any way that could compromise the integrity or code of conduct of The Asian Read.

The employees must not derogatory and offensive posts or comments on the Internet which might bring The Asian Read into disrupte.

Any content or document in which The Asian Read has ownership should not be posted online without the permission of the Editor. The employees should in no way refer to any confidential information of The Asian Read.

The employees should not misrepresent their designation/position/responsibility on professional networking sites like LinkedIn.

COPYRIGHT

Content from stories, interviews, videos, Twitter engagements, Facebook Lives that employees of The Asian Read participate in is the property of The Asian Read. Anyone intending to write or assemble a book or article based on material must first obtain consent from the Editor.

DISCRIMINATION

The Asian Read will not publish offensive words, abusive and obscenities unless they are relevant or appropriate to the article. But even then, it is the decision of the Editor.

The Asian Read will also not publish offensive, biased references to a person’s religion, caste, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

ERRORS

The Asian Read is committed to minimizing and correct errors that occur. Readers who point out errors in our content must be treated with respect and thanked. When a correction is made, a line must acknowledge the error in the previous versions of the copy. Anything unfair or factually inaccurate will be duly acknowledged, with regret were called for.

FAIRNESS & BALANCE

The Asian Read journalists are committed to producing content without prejudice or malice. Reporters must give reasonable time and opportunity to respond to those who are being mentioned adversely.

We as an organization, appreciate the work of The Washington Post, The New York Times, Bloomberg, and The Indian Express. They have paved the way; by which, ethics shall be adhered in the noble profession of Journalism. We acknowledge and thank the above respected media organizations.