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Stockhead is committed to ethical journalism. This policy sets out (among other things) how Stockhead deals with and prevents conflicts of interest. In this policy, the meaning of “journalist” includes freelance journalists and any other person that contributes journalistic material to Stockhead.
- General principles
Where a journalist contributes factual information or a report, Stockhead and the journalist will take reasonable steps to ensure that the content is substantially accurate and is not misleading or deceptive.
Where a journalist contributes opinion or comment, Stockhead and the journalist will take reasonable steps to ensure that the content is fair, honestly held and reasonably based.
Where a journalist contributes content of public interest, Stockhead and the journalist will respect the rights of others and will not invade their privacy or cause loss or harm, or use unfair means to obtain information, except to the extent justified by the public interest.
- Conflicts of interest
If a journalist has a conflict of interest that affects, or could be seen to affect, the accuracy or fairness of content, then the journalist will disclose the conflict to Stockhead.
If a journalist discloses a conflict to Stockhead, or the conflict is otherwise brought to Stockhead’s attention, then Stockhead may take such further action as it considers appropriate, including publishing a conflict of interest notice alongside the affected content.
Stockhead will maintain a register of disclosed conflicts, including in relation to Australian quoted securities held or controlled by its journalists or their associates.
If, in your opinion, any content published by Stockhead breaches this code, please email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- the location of the content;
- the reason why, in your opinion, the content breaches this code; and
- your contact details.
Stockhead will investigate all complaints and respond to you within a reasonable time.
If, as a result of an investigation, Stockhead determines that a journalist has engaged in a serious breach of this code, Stockhead may take further action as it considers appropriate, including training, discipline or dismissal of the journalist.