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- The main objective of journalists is to ensure that the public is delivered its right to truthful, accurate and important information. This information will allow them to form adequate impressions about the situation in the modern world, social processes and their essence and importance.

- Journalists are responsible to society in general even before the law and their professional associations. The social responsibility of a journalist requires that he or she acts in accordance with ethical standards.

- The ethics of the trade involve a permanent responsibility for everything he or she does in the framework of professional obligations rather than sticking to established rules.

- The present Code aims to set a high standard of ethical and professional behaviour for people involved in searching, receiving, retaining, distributing and commenting on information in the mass media. Its norms are not obligatory requirements and it is formulated as a moral yardstick or standard against which media employees can measure their professional work. The Ethics Code cannot be used as the grounds for holding media employees criminally, administratively, disciplinarily or otherwise responsible. The sole purpose is to serve as a measure for self-regulation.

- Freedom of mass media is one of the major guarantees of the freedom of speech, which is a key element to ensure civil rights. Freedom of the press involves the possibility to openly discuss and criticize the activities of authorities as well as civil and private structures. Journalists contribute to the right to express unpopular opinions or agree with the point of view expressed by the majority.

- Journalists must defend freedom of speech and retain the independence of their political views or convictions. They must resist all efforts to distort information or implement censorship.

- Like any other citizen, a journalist has the right to political and other convictions. However, they should remain neutral and objective in their professional activity.