OIC issues code of ethics for Mass Media for member states
ISLAMABAD, Sep 9: Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) has issued code of ethics for the mass media institutions and practitioners in its member states.
The code of ethics states that in pursuance also of the recommendations of the Seventh Session of the Islamic Conference of Information Ministers held in Jeddah on September 13-14 2006, the mass media institutions in the OIC member states should abide by the foundational principles of Islamic call, authenticity and modernity, honesty and objectivity, ethical value, discourse of dialogue, Islamic solidarity, quest for learning, combating myth and pessimism, creativity, support for Quranic language, highlighting of development, projecting true image of Islam and Muslims, confronting misleading trends and training of Mass Media practitioners.
According to the draft, Mass media institutions and practitioners in the OIC members states should abide by the ethical values of public trust, truth, fairness, integrity and independence while performing their duties.
The preamble of the draft says that since Islam has a distinctive information method derived from the Qur’an, the Prophet’s tradition (Sunnah) and Islamic heritage, information in the OIC Member States must be founded on the guidance of Islam in planning, implementation and appraisal, in order to strengthen the Islamic Creed, Shari’ a and morals in the lives of Muslims.
Islam has a system of values that embodies an integrated group of political, economic, social and moral principles, constituting in their totality a special way of life, which has given Islamic cultural identity its distinctive traits.
Therefore, it is important to raise public awareness in the OIC Member States and throughout the world on the tenets and values of Islam, including among the youth using various mass media channels.
The draft call on to mass media institutions, including radio and television stations, satellite channels, print and online media organizations to foster the highest professional standards of journalism, promote public understanding and awareness about their worldly life while abiding by the ethical values and good behavioural conduct in taking charge of such duties.