Statement of Ethical Principles
(Adopted 2000 as revision to THE MT Code of Ethics)
These principles are a model against which news and editorial sta
members can measure their performance. They have been formulated in
the belief that newspapers and the people who produce them should
adhere to the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct.
The public’s right to know about matters of importance is paramount. The
newspaper has a special responsibility as surrogate of its readers to be a
vigilant watchdog of their legitimate public interests.
No statement of principles can prescribe decisions governing every
situation. Common sense and good judgment are required in applying
ethical principles to newspaper realities. As new technologies evolve,
these principles can help guide editors to insure the credibility of the news
and information they provide. Individual newspapers are encouraged to
augment these APME guidelines more specically
to their own situations.