"Agence France-Presse may not under any circumstances take account of influences or considerations that would compromise the accuracy or objectivity of the news; it must not under any circumstances pass under legal or de facto control of an ideological, political or economic group.”
How well is AFP fulfilling their mission? Are the pictures evidence of either accuracy or objectivity when they protray only one side, favoring Mel Zelaya's return and water and egg throwing protesters who are literally egging a constitutional republican government into CANCELLING elections?? Or is Agence France-Presse actually under control of leftist agents with political motivations? How about Reuters?
Everything we do as Reuters journalists has to be independent, free from bias and executed with the utmost integrity. These are our core values and stem from the Reuters Trust Principles. As a real-time, competitive news service whose reputation rests on reliability, we also value accuracy, speed and exclusivity. The way in which we, as Reuters employees, live these values is governed by the Reuters Code of Conduct. That code, with a few notable exceptions that apply specifically to journalists, governs the behaviour of all Reuters employees and is essential reading. As journalists, however, we have additional responsibilities if we are to fulfil the highest aspirations of our profession – to search for and report the truth, fairly, honestly and unfailingly.
Mmm hmm. I would say the way the Honduras photo series was shot, portrayed and captioned violates Reuters Code of Conduct, but that probably doesn't faze its reporters either. What about the Associated Press? Everybody trusts the AP... the good ole AP.
"...we insist on the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior when we gather and deliver the news... we avoid behavior or activities that create a conflict of interest and compromise our ability to report the news fairly and accurately, uninfluenced by any person or action.. we must be fair. Whenever we portray someone in a negative light, we must make a real effort to obtain a response from that person. When mistakes are made, they must be corrected – fully, quickly and ungrudgingly...it is the responsibility of every one of us to ensure that these standards are upheld. Any time a question is raised about any aspect of our work, it should be taken seriously."
Oh really? Where was the "real effort to obtain" responses from Roberto Micheletti, the Liberal Party, or the supporters of the interim government in Yahoo's photo series about the Honduras affair??