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The reputation of journalism depends on objectivity and neutrality

Updated: 2013-10-31 20:29

In this information era, journalists often lose sight of the need for neutrality, a fact that requires the authorities to strengthen regulation of the press in order to protect the right of the public to be kept properly informed, says an article of the People's Daily (excerpt below):

Scholars have identified 73 key terms that are repeated in the professional codes of practice for journalists in 84 countries and regions. The authenticity of information, along with the impartiality and accuracy of reporting are the top three on the list.

The attractions of fame and gain are universal for people in modern society. Journalists are no exception, always in the midst of power struggles involving three elements: the government, business and society.

Being objective and neutral is the basic requirement for reporters. If journalists seek to profit from their work, they ruin the reputation not only of their own news outlets, but also the whole profession.

The media plays an essential role in the development of society. There is no absolute freedom of the press. The legislative bodies should accelerate the passing of new laws to adapt to the fast-changing media landscape along with the advancement of information technology.