Ethics Policy Our Mission

ASOJ believes in transparency and honesty. Therefore, ASOJ News will correct mistakes promptly. Fullness and freshness of information represent two inescapable values in the online journalism world, and believes that accuracy is equally essential; we ensure expediency in making corrections when needed.

STICHTING ASOJ is dedicated to informing its readers when it has made a mistake (however big or small), conveying the error’s severity, and providing the correct information as soon as the mistake is brought to attention.

When an error is detected within an article, ASOJ News immediately works to find the correct information and clearly display the corrections wherever possible within the article. The corrections will include:

  1. The correct information.
  2. What was originally published that was incorrect.
  3. The date (and time, if available) when the change took place.
  4. The process to report errors from within articles is made easy to understand, by providing an email address and form to contact us at the beginning of each article.

Whenever errors cannot be amended within the body of an article’s content, corrections are displayed clearly in the last paragraph of the news content. Rather than remove completely the content containing a mistake, we provide clarification and admittance of our mistakes to preserve transparency.

Members of the ASOJ of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. Ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough. An ethical journalist acts with integrity.

The ASOJ declares these four principles as the foundation of ethical journalism and encourages their use in its practice by all people in all media.

ASOJ Objectives

To defend and broaden the freedom of the Press, which is the freedom to gather information, the freedom to impart information and the freedom of opinion without meddling .

To represent journalists in all places where topics relating to the profession are in discussions.

To normalize and develop relationships involving the employees and employers.

To negotiate and support the agreements of disagreements arising between employees and employers by pacification, mediation or otherwise safeguard the interest of the members.

To strive and seek out services for members to obtain skills training.

The protection and development of freedom of expression and democracy to enable the citizens to express their feelings liberally at any time.

To move up the importance of journalism in the society by implementing a professional code of ethics.

To promote a courage of cooperation and unity among Somali journalists.

The protection and backing of public justice, civil liberty and peace.

The elimination of favoritism on the basis of clan, gender or disability.

To protect and promote the rights of freelance journalists.

To defend the common interest of the nation and the coexistence of the Somali people.

To promote the rights of women journalists and not to discriminate them in the media, and to guarantee their appearance in all structures of the union.

Sincerely yours,

Membership of the Association

The membership of the association is open to anyone involved in journalistic profession. The membership levels are full membership, associated membership and honorary membership