Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics


1) Preamble

The editorial statute of JournAfrica! and JournAfricaPhoto combines the ethic and journalistic principles, the editorial team of JournAfrica! and all the freelance journalists and photographers we work with adhere to.

In its respective edition the statute is part of the labour contracts with (employed) editors including the main editorial office (and it is also part of fee contracts with freelance journalists).

JournAfrica! and JournAfricaPhoto refer to the freedom of the press established in the constitution of the federal republic of Germany, including the independence and freedom of information, expression of opinion and criticism.

JournAfrica! is aware of the responsibility towards the public and of its obligation for the reputation of the press. Journalists and editors of JournAfrica! perform their journalistic tasks fairly, to the best of their knowledge and belief, and unaffected by personal interests or irrelevant motives.


2) Self-understanding

JournAfrica! is an independent, multilingual internet platform publishing contents from and about Africa, which is written for the most part by African journalists and afterwards translated into German language by the editorial team. JournAfricaPhoto is an online platform for photography from Africa.

The journalists, photographers and editors of JournAfrica! and JournAfricaPhoto oblige to particular care, to respect the truth, to protect human rights and to stick to the principles listed below.

JournAfrica! is committed to a critical public, in the course of this it opposes any kind of discrimination and stands up for the defence of human rights. 

JournAfrica! obliges to veritable reporting. It resists the pressure of stereotypes and linguistic and thematical conformism, especially emphasizing the articles of its writers.

The editorial team refuses each influence and each pressure on behalf of individual persons, political parties, companies, or economically, religiously or ideologically oriented groups.


3) Principles of editorial work

Within the framework of the provisions above, JournAfrica! creates the contents of the internet platform freely and independently.

No journalist may be forced to hold another opinion than his or her own one during writing, or to illustrate or to write against his or her own conviction.

Topics and contents are discussed during the editorial conference. In cases of conflict it is down to the main editorial office to make a final decision. The main editorial office is responsible for the editorial division of JournAfrica!.

Investigation is an indispensable instrument of journalistic accuracy. As a consequence, publishable information will be reviewed by JournAfrica! as far as practicable. Unconfirmed messages, rumours and presumptions will be clearly identified.

JournAfrica! respects personal life, privacy and the right to informational self-determination of humans from investigation to editing, publishing, documentation to filing data.

It contradicts journalistic ethics to offend the honour of human beings by inappropriate  representations in words and pictures. Hence JournAfrica! refrains from an inappropriately sensational representation of violence, brutality and sorrow. No person shall be discriminated because of his or her sex, sexual orientation, a disability, or the affiliation to an ethnic, religious, social or national group.

Advertisements and promotional leaflets or online contents have to be clearly identified and obviously separated from the editorial part. External sponsoring of journalistic travels and investigations has to be made transparent appropriately.

Professional ethics entitle anyone to raise a complaint about the contents of JournAfrica! Complaints are justified if the principles of the editorial statute or of professional ethics are violated.