Guidelines for Practice

  1. It is the prime duty of photojournalists to report the truth. Photojournalists should take photographs from the actual scene of a news event. They should not participate in designing or directing re-enactment of news events for exaggerated and inaccurate reports.

     
  2. Photojournalists should show concern about the feelings of victims and their families when photographing accidents and their aftermaths, so as to avoid and/or minimize the damage to and impact on the feelings of the victims and their families.

     
  3. Photojournalists should respect the privacy of people being photographed.

     
  4. Photojournalists-including photographers and picture editors-should handle with caution pictures that are gory, violent, disgusting and pornographic. Before using this type of photographs, photojournalists should consider:

    • whether they are necessary for better understanding of a news event;
       
    • the impact on the society;
       
    • the impact on the people involved and their families.

     
  5. Photojournalists should process pictures on the basis of the actual scene that they have seen. Any re-processing before and after the photographs are taken are unacceptable.

     
  6. When news media use photographic montages or combine photographs with graphics to add special effects to editorial design, such images should be clearly labeled as "enhanced pictures" or "photo illustrations" so that readers might not be misled into thinking they are photographs of the actual scenes.
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