The ONN editorial policies apply to all contents produced, commissioned, acquired and/or obtained for broadcast and publication via all ONN’s platforms: Online, Radio and Television. It also governs the ethical standards of all individuals working and operating for or on behalf of ONN.
ONN designed this policy document to empower its editorial staff so that they maintain control over the content of the material they produce individually or collectively, and also to enable its audience understand how ONN, as an organization, engaged in a professionally viable and socially responsible service for the good of the public.
The Editor-in-Chief has the ultimate editorial power and responsibility for contents produced and distributed by ONN.
Core Editorial Values
ONN’s public service commitment is basically founded on the core values of seeking the truth. It aspires to seek the truth through editorial independence, respect for human dignity, and transparency. At the core of our professional integrity is strict adherence, in all of our contents, to universally accepted values of objective journalism. These are challenging premises, and more so in an environment in which the free flow of information is as strictly curtailed as in Ethiopia in general and Oromia in particular. However, as an organization looking to bridge an ever-widening gap of independent journalism in Ethiopia, OMN will strive to present worthy stories in a clear, factual and accurate manner, while also paying due diligence to the safety, wellbeing, privacy, and feelings of our sources.
Editorial Independence: trust, credibility, and respect owed by the public to ONN depend on our operational independence; thus, ONN unconditionally embraces the principles of editorial independence, professional integrity, honesty, factual accuracy, and efforts to undertake a balanced reporting. ONN parts with the principles of objective journalism, without loyalty to any political thoughts, groups, individuals, etc. ONN proves its genuine intention to public service by presenting diversified perspectives.
Human Dignity: we respect the inherent dignity of all human beings regardless of their race, ethnic, gender, age, political and religious beliefs. As such, we refrain from using prejudged and stereotyped languages or images that may undermine the human dignity of any individual or individuals.
Transparency: The principle of honesty and openness govern every aspect of ONN’s relationships with stakeholders and the public at large, but in as far as it doesn’t compromise the safety and wellbeing of individuals.
Promoting Oromumma: The ultimate purpose of ONN is promoting Oromo national identity (Oromummaa) and culture, and facilitating cross-flow of information. In other words, we wish to better introduce the Oromo people to the global community, and bring international news and knowledge to the Oromo people.
Code of Conduct
The individual working for or on behalf of ONN shall:
1. Maintain the independence and integrity of the ONN.
· Exercise editorial control over all contents broadcast or published by ONN.
· Ensure that political, factional, commercial or personal interests do not influence editorial decisions.
· Be free from external interests (Includes brown envelopes, checkbook journalism, moonlighting, freebies) that may undermine the independence and integrity of editorial contents.
· When in doubt about an editorial matter, or in case of a highly controversial matter, refer it to immediate supervisor for advice or decision.
2. Make reasonable efforts to ensure that material facts are accurate and presented in context.
· Make efforts to identify and rely on sources with relevant expertise and/or experience. However, given the lack of information out of Ethiopia or the inaccessibility of locations or sources for standard of verification, eyewitness testimonies will be presented.
· Refrain from presenting factual content in a way that will materially mislead the audience.
· Acknowledge and correct or clarify, ambiguous information and materials of significant error, in an appropriate manner as soon as reasonably practicable
3. Gather and present news and information with due impartiality.
· Present diverse views so that, over time, no significant strand of thought or belief within the community should be knowingly excluded or disproportionately represented.
· Unless otherwise noted, do not state or imply that any perspective is the editorial opinion of the ONN.
· Not misrepresent any perspective, be open-minded.
· Not unduly favor one perspective over another. Offer equal opportunities for relevant perspectives on matters of contention.
4. Strive to provide a balance that follows the weight of evidence; and a fair treatment of all sides and parties.
5. Respect the individual’s privacy, do not intrude without consent or justification in the public interest; and such intrusion should never be excessive. Take due care over the dignity and physical and emotional welfare of children and young people involved in the contents.