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Magazine of the Chartered Institute of Journalists

Institute urges adherence to Article 12 of IPSO code


Release time:  25 July 2016

The Chartered Institute of Journalists is warning media editors, proprietors and regulators of the acute need to show responsibility in combatting discrimination and prejudice in publication.

The CIoJ is the world’s longest established professional association of journalists.

The Institute says professional media platforms must avoid pandering to cynical polemics targeting religious, racial and gender differences when there is fear and apprehension as a result of terrorist incidents.

CIoJ President Mark Croucher has warned: ‘Heightened sensitivity is needed in the aftermath of recent indiscriminate atrocities on civilian communities inspired by extremist religion and ideologies.

He added: ‘The digital media-scope is now globalised and much more asymmetrical. Negative stereotyping impacts faster, longer and wider.

The institute advocates full adherence to Article 12 of the IPSO Editors’ Code of Practice:

i) The press must avoid prejudicial or pejorative reference to an individual’s, race, colour, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or to any physical or mental illness or disability.

ii) Details of an individual’s race, colour, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental illness or disability must be avoided unless genuinely relevant to the story.



Notes to editors:

Formed in 1884, the Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIoJ) is the world’s oldest established professional body for journalists, and a representative voice of media and communications professionals throughout the UK and the Commonwealth.