Editorial Policy

Purpose

The English division of Janbharat Times is responsible for publishing accurate news related to matters of sports, national, film industry, politics and education in India.

The purpose of our online news portal is to enlighten, illuminate, educate, inform and delight the readers with high-quality up-to-date news of the world. The versatility and accuracy in our journalism compel us to present truest of facts and figures to the readers of Janbharat Times. The latest news gathered by the team of unbiased journalists is based on responsibilities and influential power of a free press in the modern-day society.

Policy guidelines

The editorial policy guidelines set forth here shall apply to all the contributors, journalists, content-creators and photographers associated with Janbharat Times.

These guidelines shall direct and command the staff to pursue the right course of action when treading through treacherous waters. Both employees and freelancers are expected to respect, maintain and refer to these guidelines as while working for Janbharat Times. Any exceptions or eventualities to guidelines may arise in the dynamic world of journalism but the over-arching principles remain basic.

  • The freedom of speech and expression includes the right to hold, receive and impart information that can be of public interest. The press shall be provided with all the facilities, access to public information and resources free of any constraints to bring together and publish facts and opinions that fulfill the public’s fundamental right to be informed about the happenings of the nation.
  • The press shall practice intensive investigative journalism without any fear or favor to publish corrupt-free news in the nation’s interest.
  • The press shall be committed to gathering accurate information from trustworthy sources that can be cross-checked for accuracy and truthfulness at any point in time.
  • The journalists shall obey all the laws while gathering news, putting together articles, taking photographs or performing any other journalistic duty.
  • The press shall refrain from promoting or reporting any personal, political, societal or industrial agenda that runs counter to the public interest.
  • Any news published shall be free from the author’s or the newspaper’s opinion or bias of any kind.
  • The journalists shall not rely on any information provided by untruthful or mischievous sources or obtained through unlawful, dishonest or unfair means like bribes.
  • The journalists should quote the spokesperson as it is. Indirect speech shall not be attributed, sentence-by-sentence, to the speaker.
  • The writers shall clearly differentiate between facts and opinions. Facts just are justifiable and verifiable, while opinions shouldn’t emerge out of thin air as well.
  • The reporters shall not suppress, distort, misinterpret or criticize any information that could be of relevance to the readers.
  • The writers are entitled to pass comments of matters of national interest only by clearly differentiating between honest personal comment and factual information.
  • The journalists shall be extra careful when covering matters that involve the private lives and concerns of individuals, bearing in mind that any right to privacy or breach of confidence may be overridden by legitimate public interest.
  • The publication shall work towards exposing crimes, anti-social conduct, and misdemeanor and protect public health and safety by the means of honest reporting.
  • Any information related to matters involving deaths, suicide, indecency or obscenity shall be presented with due sensitivity.
  • Matters relating to brutality, murder, rape, crime, theft, and hatred shall be reported with exceptional care, sympathy, and honesty.
  • Janbharat Times shall avoid publishing details of caste, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, marital status, political views, and physical disabilities unless they are directly linked to the subject matter of the news.
  • The publication shall avoid the use of strong, abusive, threatening, or insulting language or photography that could stir racial hatred.
  • The reporters shall not publish any unofficial statements, charges, judgments or viewpoints related to characters involved in judicial or parliamentary proceedings.
  • The journalists shall uphold their professional ethics and conduct and must ensure that they do not bring the profession into disrepute.
  • An apology shall be published wherever deemed by the editor-in-chief.

Journalists, reporters, and writers should regularly refer to these guidelines to assist them in structuring their writing, production, and presentation to the required standard.

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