Code of Ethics
Lafiya360 is committed to the highest ethical standards of professional journalism. Our role is to provide readers with reliable, relevant information. To ensure the greatest benefit to readers, editorial policies and procedures will be designed to support this goal.
Every effort will be made to provide readers with the latest news and to verify questionable information.
Articles will not be shown to sources prior to publication. However, reasonable efforts will be made to ensure information from the sources is factual and in context.
Complaints will be given full and prompt consideration. Significant errors will be promptly and prominently corrected.
Comments published within quotation marks must be exactly as written or spoken, except for occasional minor grammatical editing that does not change the sense or tone of the quotation. Similarly, photographs must not be electronically or otherwise altered to distort the actual scene.
Lafiya360 will present balanced coverage of issues. Representatives of all major viewpoints will be given an opportunity to comment during continuing coverage, recognizing the constraints in covering all sides of an issue in each individual article.
Every effort will be made to present news reports in neutral, factual fashion, enabling readers to make up their own minds on the issues.
As far as possible, all sources of information will be disclosed to readers. Statements quoted in articles will be fully attributed to sources whenever possible. When there is no alternative to using anonymous sources to provide information needed by readers, the newspaper will make every reasonable effort to ensure the credibility of those sources.
Authorship of articles will be prominently identified, including whether the article was prepared by a staff writer or an outside source. Opinion and analysis will be clearly identified as such, to distinguish it from news reports.
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If any staff or outside writer is found to have deliberately copied someone else’s work without attribution, the infraction will be publicly noted.
Advertising copy will be clearly identified and displayed so as not to be confused with editorial content.
All actual or apparent conflicts of interest involving writers of articles or columns will be disclosed to readers. For example, a member of a political party who writes political analysis will be identified as a party member.
Lafiya360 supports the principle of a free press as one of the foundations of democracy and individual liberty.