Al Tareeq is an independent Sudanese electronic newspaper that is committed to fostering freedoms, peace, justice, and democracy, through professionally presenting news, information, analysis, and opinions on current issues.
The platform is supported by a wide network of reporters working across all regions and states of Sudan, alongside a team of professional journalists delivering news related to politics, economics, sports, arts and culture, as well as society.
Our main goal is to stand out in our commitment towards strict standards of the editorial field in a professional manner. We seek the most outstanding ethical values and approaches in all areas of journalistic production, and we extend our efforts in to provide readers with detailed, unbiased, and justified content. We always leave it up to our readers to choose sides and formulate their own opinion – leaving behind any attempts of coercion or abstract and unclear connotations on any of the issues we report on.
As journalists of Al Tareeq, we have all pledged to dedicate ourselves to the freedoms of: expression, opinion, and press. We encourage everyone to articulate their opinions, and we believe in their right to access information across credible and independent media platforms. We believe these rights, when protected, will lead to stability and democracy.
To achieve our goals, we have drafted and agreed to a code of ethics to act as a guide to Al Tareeq’s team in practicing their profession. We consider it our decree, and we are prepared to protect it under any circumstances, and refer to it in the case of any collaboration with partners, similar media institutions, and our overall surroundings.
Our Code of Ethics was inspired by universal values and laws in relation to Human Rights, as well as constitutional laws that ensure freedom of speech and press. Overall, we like to think of it as our reference to our editorial vision, our work ethic, and in our mutual cooperation as a team.
Work Ethic and Standards of Independent Media
Al Tareeq’s team is to abide by the following:
Accuracy and Credibility
Accuracy and creditability are sacred – under any conditions and all circumstances. They are the foundation of Al Tareeq’s mission, and the essence of its reputation. They must always be promptly brought forth and prioritized at all times. All documents and/or information which cannot be validated, confirmed, or proved, must be avoided. Exaggeration of facts and discriminatory language is not accepted in writing.
Al Tareeq’s writing team must always seek primary sources. If the aforementioned is not available, facts must come from credible firsthand witness accounts, or those who have direct knowledge of the relevant cases and occurrences at hand. In an effort to achieve accuracy, reliance on a single source should be avoided. It is important to be able to differentiate between original/unoriginal sources; one must always responsibly, personally, and ethically confirm the accuracy of information they are receiving and hoping to use, even if found in outdated news stories.
Use of Visuals and Archived Materials
Any visuals extracted from the archive to support any trending news stories, or ongoing cases, must be stated as such.
In practicing their profession, Al Tareeq’s journalists must abide by respecting all international decrees and laws of Human Rights, revering human dignity, and fighting against all forms of discrimination. They must not spread hate speech through their work.
In the case of the presence of inaccuracies, errors, or misinformation, a journalist must always take accountability; responsibly and promptly. If necessary, apologies should be issued.
Balance and Fairness
Journalists at Al Tareeq should always maintain balance, objectivity, and fairness in their work. They are expected to support and develop the platform’s independence, and to avoid any bias in order to encourage equal opportunity.
Professional Responsibility and Confidentiality
Al Tareeq’s editorial team must respect all information granted to them on the job; sources should remain confidential, and must be protected, and not revealed to authorities.
Misleading and Deception
Al Tareeq’s journalists should avoid embedding their personal opinions in news stories, or converting a news article into an opinion piece or an advertisement. They are prohibited from misleading readers and mixing between advertising and journalistic and editorial pieces.
Framing articles under a particular agenda and/or posting under a false pretense is not acceptable; plagiarizing articles or opinions is considered an unethical act by our team. If any material is borrowed from another journalist or news source, references and citations must be included.
Editing photographs or visuals in general, is only allowed in the case of improving the quality of images.
Al Tareeq’s journalists shall never provide nor receive any monetrary or financial reciprocations to obtain any data or news. Bribery is strictly prohibited, as well as any other unethical practices for acquiring visual materials or information.
We respect all individuals’ privacies; delving into any personal details of public figuresmust have a purpose – such as serving the public interest by providing them with critical data, or exposing illegal practices that are a source of harm to the general public. Otherwise, personal lives are always respected.
We are dedicated to tirelessly searching for the truth, no matter the consequences.
Al Tareeq’s journalists are expected to establish consolidation in professional fellowship; they must avoid misusing the platform as a space for settling scores or seeking revenge.
Al Tareeq’s team must refuse being subjected to falling under pressure from external sources. Instructions followed must only come from their direct seniors on the team. All material pending publication should not be disclosed except to their direct editing managers.
They must not write any comments or pieces that may clash with their personal opinions, beliefs, or our code of ethics.
Al Tareeq’s team must be respectful of the diversity of all Sudanese societies; this includes all ethnicities, cultures, and languages.
Al Tareeq’s editorial team must not participate in the perpetuation of gender inequality or discrimination; this includes presenting feminist cases as a material for public consumption or sensational journalism.
Rights of Children
It is necessary and critical to address the treatment of children’s accounts and use of their images in any form of journalism for the purpose of creating a balanced representation that both protects children’s rights and their families, and informs the readers. It is a vital and undisputed matter that children’s agreement and their guardians must be obtained before interviews; if requested, blurring the children’s distinct features, or refraining from using their images must be done accordingly.
Moreover, considering the children’s wellbeing – physically, emotionally, and mentally – is a priority. Asking children any anxiety-triggering and/provoking questions, or coercing them into responding with particular answers is not acceptable under any circumstances.
Our team pledges to always protect children’s rights, uphold their dignity, and handling any relevant news with the utmost sensitivity, care, and respect.
Al Tareeq must avoid publishing material that can lead to crime; we seek to create a balance between public interest under freedom of expression, and respecting the lives of victims, their families, and suspects.
Our material should not include details that may serve as written reenactments of a crime, unless a professional-related justification is provided by the journalist and agreed upon by the senior editors.
We always seek to communicate with the multiple sides of each story for information in regards to conflict and dispute.
In our effort to prioritize human dignity, less usage of extremely graphic details and gory language in describing the trauma of warzones, crisis, and natural disasters may be enabled in order to protect those affected.
Furthermore, we are keen on victims’ families not learning about the injury or death of family members through our platform; we do not release personal information about victims – injured or casualty – unless it is an absolute necessity.
The Role of Journalists in Society
The role of a journalist, at any time and in any society, is to provide readers with the information they need to form their own opinions or take action in the political, social, economic, or culture spheres.
Therefore, a journalist’s role is a pivotal one – they act as observers of society and revealers of truth, and contributors to raising awareness. Thus, they must abide by:
- Explaining the different economic, social, and political directions, affiliations, and ideologies;
- Examining, in detail, the ins and outs of governmental and judicial system practices, as well as those of corporate, and civil society, in order to shed light on any ongoing success stories, or failures and shortcomings;
- Fighting injustice, corruption, and power abuse;
- Exposing authority’s cases of negligence and incompetence;
- Raising awareness among readers and audience about electoral processes and democratic procedures and practices;
- Analyzing complex cases that directly affect the general public’s lives;
- Publishing the undistorted and complete truth;
- Exposing human rights’ violations.
We, Al Tareeq’s team, pledge to abide by the Code of Ethics above, and to always act in accordance with the morals of our profession, and the ethics of journalism, and to continue materializing its content in doing our required job roles.