Editorial Guidelines

The VIAnews Editorial Guidelines are a statement of the values and standards we have set for ourselves since the beginning. These guidelines get approved by the Editorial Board and get kept under constant review by the entire editorial team.

We’re committed to delivering the highest editorial and ethical standards in providing news services for the entire world. We value providing objective, concrete, and verifiable information to our audience.

We seek to balance our right to freedom of information with our responsibilities. Especially in the matters of respecting the privacy or protecting children.

Accuracy

The ViaNews commitment to accuracy is a core editorial value and fundamental to our reputation. Our news is well sourced, based on sound evidence and presented in clear language. We should be honest and open about what we don’t know and avoid unfounded speculation.

We strive to get the facts right. All the relevant facts and information should be weighed to get the closest possible to the truth. We aim to gather first-hand sources wherever possible, validate the authenticity of every documentary evidence and check the claims and allegations made by contributors.

Impartiality

We aim to produce comprehensive, authoritative and impartial coverage of the news. Controversial subjects get dealt with due accuracy and fairness. We ensure aim to avoid bias or an imbalance of views. Our audiences should not be subject to personal views. Our journalists and contributors only provide professional judgments and shy away from expressing personal opinions.

Privacy

The ViaNews must not infringe privacy without justified reason. We want to exercise our rights of freedom of expression and information, but we respect individual’s privacy when fairness and life security and dignity is at stake. While investigating matters which are in the public interest to reveal, the published information should reflect this editorial guideline and the clear public interest.

Politics

The politic coverage should have an impartial stance, and different sides of the question should get addressed whenever possible.

War

The ViaNews has a special responsibility to its audiences when reporting a conflict. The public enjoys our accurate news services to help them make sense of events by providing context, different views, and impartial analysis.We aim to be sensitive to people’s strong emotions regarding war scenarios, but with the strong concern of delivering the news which is in the clear public interest.

External Relationships

Under no circumstance does ViaNews content contain sponsored or advertising content. Funds from external organizations and individuals must not get used for any production costs. The exception could be very limited co-funding of co-productions with recognized co-producers and only utilized in the superior interest of delivering the best information possible to the public.

Law

Content producers should seek the advice of ViaNews editorial board or ViaNews lawyer whenever doubts or legal difficulties should arise. Sometimes, providing accurate, impartial and fair coverage of the news could involve possible conflict with the law. Also, any proposal to break the law should be denied and must be referred to the editorial board as soon as possible.

Accountability

The ViaNews is accountable to its public. The trust between ViaNews and its content producers is crucial to our good faith contract with the public. If justifiable, we’re open to admitting mistakes and learn from them, so proper reporting is due.

Compliance

All ViaNews content production, including the website, country specific publications, magazines, journalists and other producers are expected to adhere fully to the ViaNews Editorial Guidelines.

For all questions and other editorial guidelines related subjects, visit the ViaNews contact page.