|Subject: UNTAET: Journalists adopt ethics
ETHICS CODE ADOPTED AT EAST TIMOR JOURNALIST CONGRESS UNTAET
15 January, 2001
The Timor Lorosa'e Journalists Association (TLJA) has adopted a code of ethics, with the purpose of promote the highest standard of professional integrity, training and conduct in the journalism profession.
The code of ethics calls on journalists not to be biased in their news coverage, avoid discrimination based on political orientation and refrain from accepting gifts and payments from outside parties.
At the closing of the five-day congress, National Council Speaker Xanana Gusmao said on Saturday that East Timor's journalists should adhere to the code of ethics in presenting news in a fair, accurate and balanced manner.
Gusmao added that Timorese journalists should not serve the interests of any political party, business group or individual. This is important, he said, as the country prepares for the forthcoming elections.
More than 150 delegates representing 14 news organizations attended the congress, which was supported by UNTAET, UNESCO and donor organizations.
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