MEAWW Content Guidelines for Accuracy & Fairness
It is the policy of MEA WorldWide to give its readers a comprehensive, unbiased, and factually-accurate reportage of the news.
Our writers and editors come from strong journalism backgrounds with a foundation of ethics and accuracy. It is our goal to not only gain the trust of readers across the world, but keep that trust by delivering the news unvarnished and with no hidden agendas.
- MEA WorldWide journalists must attempt to ensure that they do not publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures.
- If there is a significant inaccuracy in a published article and/or photograph, then the error must be admitted (either in the original article via an UPDATE, or in new article) and corrected as swiftly as possible, and if required, an apology published.
- MEA WorldWide strives to feature opinions from across the spectrum of ideologies, when they do not incite hate or violence against an individual, group, or corporate entity. Having said that all opinion must be clearly distinguished from reportage so as not to mislead the reader.
- No MEA WorldWide journalist will photograph individuals in private places without their consent.
- MEA WorldWide journalists must not coerce, harass, or threaten a person in the course of the journalist’s reportage.
- In cases involving a suicide, the MEA WorldWide journalist will not go into excessive detail about the method of said suicide.
A child under 16 must not be interviewed or photographed on issues involving their own or another child’s welfare unless a parent or legal guardian consents.
Parents and children must not be paid for material involving children’s welfare unless it is clearly in the child's interest.
- MEA WorldWide must not identify children under 16 who are victims or witnesses in cases involving sex offences. In any report about a sexual offence against a child the child must not be identified (though the adult may be).
- Relatives or friends of those convicted or accused of crime should not be identified without their consent, unless relevant to the story.
- MEA WorldWide journalists must avoid any and all prejudicial reference to a person's race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or any physical or mental illness or disability.
- MEA WorldWide journalists are under a moral obligation not to divulge the identity of their sources.
- MEA WorldWide journalists may grant anonymity to a source only if the information provided by said source is vital to the public interest.