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Ethics

The Voice strives to observe the highest standards of journalistic ethics, as it has since its founding in 1997.

A free press is free because it is not subject to government oversight in western democracies. There are no laws specifically aimed to control or guide journalists in their work.  Calls to “license” or apply state regulation to journalists or news reporting organizations are manifestations of an authoritarian desire to exert maximum control over a politician’s or a government’s public image.

Good journalism observes two fundamentals: Accuracy, and fairness.

The Canadian Association of Journalist’s ethics guidelines offer both. These are the guidelines that the Voice observes. You may find them here.

Our own guidelines on deadlines and use of unnamed sources are as follows:

DEADLINES

The Voice is a weekly, going to press on Monday evening. We will make every reasonable effort to reach subjects affected by or involved in a news story before going to press. We believe it reasonable that official spokespersons for government, in particular, should be available during weekends, and able to respond at least in basic fashion to our requests for comment. The news does not stop on Saturdays and Sundays.

USE OF UNNAMED SOURCES

The Voice may elect not to identify certain sources of information. Such decisions are not made easily, and the source must make a credible case as to why his or her identity should not be revealed. The need for protecting source identities can be particularly important in smaller communities. The Voice makes every reasonable effort to ensure that its sources’ credentials, expertise, knowledge of the facts, and credibility are bona fide. We also seek to ensure that personal or political agendas are not at play when a source requests not to be named. Ultimately it is up to our readers to assess whether the Voice succeeds in these efforts.

COMPLAINTS

If you believe that the Voice has printed inaccurate information, or reported on a story in an unfair manner, please see the complaints link on our Contact Us page.

 


Updated on 24 May 18 to add the following sentence: “Our own guidelines on deadlines and use of unnamed sources are as follows:”  to clarify that our own guidelines on these topics supersede those of the CAJ.  No other changes were made to the text.