by the German Press Council, published on 12.12.1973
The freedom of the press guaranteed in the Basic Law includes the independence and freedom of information, expression and criticism. Publishers, publishers and journalists must be aware of their responsibility to the public and their commitment to the reputation of the press. They perform their journalistic task fairly, to the best of their knowledge and belief, unaffected by personal interests and extraneous motives.
The journalistic principles substantiate the professional ethics of the press. It includes the duty to preserve the reputation of the press and to stand up for the freedom of the press within the framework of the constitution and the constitutional laws.
The regulations for editorial data protection apply to the press, insofar as they collect, process or use personal data for journalistic editorial purposes. From research to editing, publication, documentation and archiving of this data, the press respects the private life, privacy and the right to informational self-determination of the people.
Professional ethics give everyone the right to complain about the press. Complaints are justified if the professional ethics is violated. This preamble is part of the ethical norms.
Respect for the truth, the preservation of human dignity and true public information are top priorities of the press. Anyone working in the press will preserve the prestige and credibility of the media on this basis.
Recherche ist unverzichtbares Instrument journalistischer Sorgfalt. Zur Veröffentlichung bestimmte Informationen in Wort, Bild und Grafik sind mit der nach den Umständen gebotenen Sorgfalt auf ihren Wahrheitsgehalt zu prüfen und wahrheitsgetreu wiederzugeben. Ihr Sinn darf durch Bearbeitung, Überschrift oder Bildbeschriftung weder entstellt noch verfälscht werden. Unbestätigte Meldungen, Gerüchte und Vermutungen sind als solche erkennbar zu machen. Symbolfotos müssen als solche kenntlich sein oder erkennbar gemacht werden.
Any published messages or statements, in particular of a personal nature, which subsequently prove to be false shall promptly and properly correct the publication organ which has brought it about.
The collection of personal data, messages, information material and images must not be subject to unfair practices.
The press maintains professional secrecy, makes use of the right to refuse to give evidence and does not disclose informants without their express consent. The agreed confidentiality must always be upheld.
Journalisten und Verleger üben keine Tätigkeiten aus, die die Glaubwürdigkeit der Presse in Frage stellen könnten.
The responsibility of the press to the public demands that editorial publications are not influenced by private or business interests of third parties or by the personal economic interests of journalists. Publishers and editors refuse such attempts and pay attention to a clear separation between editorial text and publications for promotional purposes. For publications that concern a self-interest of the publisher, this must be recognizable.
The press respects the private life of man and his informational self-determination. But if his behavior is of public interest, it can be discussed in the press. In the case of an identifying reporting, the public's interest in information must outweigh the legitimate interests of those affected; mere sensational interests do not justify any identifying reporting. Insofar as anonymisation is required, it must be effective. The press guarantees editorial data protection.
It contradicts journalistic ethics to injure people in their honor with inappropriate portrayals in words and pictures.
The press refrains from reviling religious, ideological or moral convictions.
The press renounces an inappropriately sensational portrayal of violence, brutality and suffering. The press respects the protection of minors.
No one should be discriminated against because of their gender, disability or belonging to an ethnic, religious, social or national group.
Reporting on preliminary investigations, criminal proceedings and other formal proceedings must be free of prejudice. The principle of the presumption of innocence also applies to the press.
Reports on medical topics should avoid an unreasonably sensational presentation that may raise unreasonable concerns or hopes for the reader. Research results that are at an early stage should not be considered completed or nearly completed.
The acceptance of advantages of any kind which might be liable to affect the freedom of choice of publishers and editors is incompatible with the reputation, independence and abandonment of the press. Anyone who is bribed for spreading or suppressing messages is dishonorable and unfit for work.
Es entspricht fairer Berichterstattung, die vom Presserat öffentlich ausgesprochene Rügen zu veröffentlichen, insbesondere in den betroffenen Publikationsorganen bzw. Telemedien.
This Code applies to the publication of communications on YFW platforms worldwide. In the case of warnings and non-compliance with the guidelines, we are free to declare and execute adequate reparation payments including exile.