Editoral Policy

The Board of The 9jaMattersTv has deliberated carefully and  wishes to present the following beliefs:

  • A newspaper is first a commercial business. However, it also plays an extremely important role in shaping a free and progressive (community of people/all good people in the world) by shinning the spotlight on political, business, social, and (law-related) systems. This responsibility makes a newspaper a (like nothing else in the world) business.
  • The 9jaMattersTV is positioned to play its role as a very important part of (system or country where leaders are chosen by votes) in any country we operate in.
  • Our editors and professional writers have an extremely important responsibility to report the workings of our political, (law-related), business, and social institutions with fairness, (quality of being very close to the truth or true number), fair and unprejudiced opinion, balance, and (honest and good human quality/wholeness or completeness) in the public interest. This responsibility needs/demands that they maintain the highest professional standards and traditions of (newspaper writing).
  • The public must not lose faith in the press as a fair, honest, and reliable source of information.
  • The Board also recognises our role as a training (raised, flat supporting surface) for young professional writers.
  • The Board of 9jaMattersTv hereby outlines these broad set of clear and clear ways of thinking/basic truths/rules and standards of written opinion (honest and good human quality/wholeness or completeness) which would guide our writers, professional writers, and editors in the performance of their duties. This written opinion policy guides all our processes and operations at all levels of our organisation including our (people who take pictures), contributors, and partners. We are individually and all together responsible to support/judge as correct this written opinion policy.
  • 9jaMattersTv editors take every possible step to ensure that we deliver to our readers accurate and high quality news and information.
  • The Board does not interfere in the day-to-day running of the newspaper. We support/judge as correct the ways of thinking/basic truths/rules of the freedom of the press, upon which our freedoms depend.
  • 9jaMattersTv professional writers take decisions for the greater good – to educate, bring together (as one), and celebrate the best of people/(the kindness of people). We do not (help increase/show in a good way) divisions, war, violence, (treating people badly or unfairly because of their race), and (unfair treatment based on skin color, age, etc.).
  • We are open in admitting mistakes, and encourage a culture of learning. Significant errors should be quickly corrected and explanations made.
  • Our professional writers carefully and properly establish a balance between our (responsibility/duty) to report the news with the person’s right to privacy. We do not make not wantedd invasions into people’s lives, especially in their moments of sadness (about death).
  • We admit/recognize/respond to all written opinion sources and authors are given full credit for their work with links to their websites or (shared online writing pages), email and social media contacts where available.
  • Commercial considerations must never override editorial decisions. Paid content and advertising must clearly be flagged as such.
  • Any member of staff who accepts inducement of any kind from a third-party in relations to writing a story or publishing a photograph will be summarily dismissed.
  • We have a zero tolerance for plagiarism. Any staff who plagiarises another’s work will be summarily dismissed. Any contributor found to have plagiarised another’s work will be immediately disengaged.
  • 9jaMattersTv journalists are expected to be honest, truthful, questioning, unbiased, probing, courageous, authoritative, and forthright.
  • 9jaMattersTv journalists will not allow their personal opinions influence their coverage of stories or events.
  • All news reports must clearly delineate fact and opinion.
  • We view the privacy of our sources as cardinal and will not reveal any correspondence between the newspaper or personal information we may have about our sources without their express permission or without a legal order to do so.
  • The content on 9jaMattersTv is suitable for general audiences and does not include content that might reasonably be deemed offensive. Where content includes explicit sexual information, it will be clearly flagged.
  • 9jaMattersTv is a socially responsible news organisation. Our journalists should be engaged with the communities in which we operate recognising the impact communities have on our pursuit of excellence and the impact our work has in shaping society.
  • Our journalists are expected to be sensitive to gender issues, ethnic sensibilities, religious beliefs, and cultural perspectives in carrying out their duties.
  • We strive to reflect the aspirations of our audiences and we promote diversity of perspectives.
  • 9jaMattersTv journalists are expected to work free of conflict of interest.
  • 9jaMattersTv is in the business of reporting news and not hiding it. If our journalists receive a request from a political institution, business or individual to refrain from reporting a story because of national security or other reasons, the journalist must immediately report such a request to the Managing Editor for executive consideration.