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In fact, depending on the freedom of the press, there is no specific “text of principles” in our law that press organizations and members of the press have to comply with. Naturally, there is no legally binding principle or rule for press organizations and members of the press beyond the general legal rules.

For this reason, members of the press are obliged to comply with the general rules of law in their work. However, there are some basic principles adopted and announced by the Press Council operating in our country.

Litsuit .com news site, the basic principles we accept are as follows:

  • No one in the broadcasts; not to condemn or humiliate because of their race, gender, age, health, physical disability, social status and religious beliefs,
  • Restricting freedom of thought, conscience and expression; Not to make publications that will shock or hurt the general moral understanding, religious feelings, the basic foundations of the family institution,
  • Journalism, which is a public duty, should not be used for immoral private purposes and interests,
  • Not to include expressions that humiliate, humiliate or slander individuals and organizations beyond the limits of criticism,
  • Not making the private life of people the subject of publication, except when required by public interests,
  • Not to publish news whose investigation is within the possibilities of journalism without being investigated or without being sure of their accuracy,
  • Not to publish the information provided on condition that it remains confidential, unless the public interest seriously requires it,
  • Before the distribution process of a media organ is completed, not to present the product made by that press organ with special efforts to the public as if it were its own product by another press organ, and to take care to indicate the source of the special products purchased from the agencies,
  • Not declaring anyone "guilty" unless he is determined by a judicial decision,
  • Not attributing to anyone, unless there are reasonable grounds to believe that they are real, the acts that are criminalized by the law,
  • Journalists must maintain the confidentiality of their sources. The source's public opinion is personal, political, economic, etc. The cases where it aims to mislead for reasons are excluded.
  • To refrain from performing his duty as a journalist with methods and attitudes that may cast a shadow on the dignity of his title,
  • Avoiding broadcasting that encourages violence and bullying and hurts human values,
  • To indicate these qualities of advertisements and publications in the nature of advertisement, without leaving any room for doubt,
  • To respect the time record set for the publication date,
  • Press organs, to respect the right of reply and refutation arising from false publications.