Ethics Policy

This Policy aims to outline high standards, ethics, and practices in our Company, khabarbharattak. This Policy does not constitute any attempt to involve itself in the day-to-day operations of the publishers, who have complete editorial and content independence. The ethics policy’s basic precepts are to maintain digital publishing standards and protect and maintain the independence of journalists, content entities, and publishers.
  • khabarbharattak follows the laws of the land, including the Constitution of India, the over 30 laws relating to the media, relevant provisions of IPC, CrPC, and the Information Technology Act, 2000, where applicable.
  • We also diligently adhere to accepted norms of journalistic ethics and practices and maintain the highest standards of professional conduct.
  Accuracy, Transparency & Fairness:
  • Our Team Members should eschew the publication of inaccurate, baseless, or distorted material. Pre-publication verification Is mandatory. We will avoid defamation. Adherence to applicable laws and rules is necessary.
  Right of reply :  
  • A. Our News reports and articles will incorporate comments or versions of the person or party regarding whom allegations are carried. If not accepted, the person or party’s response, if received later, will be incorporated.
  • B. If there are developments in the news, and the concerned person or party requests an update, khabarbharattak must carry out the same appropriately. The date of the update should also appear in the news item published.
  • We will Take down, delete or edit. If a news report or article contains false or inaccurate information, then on approach by the concerned person or party, providing correct information, identifying themselves, and providing required documents or material, the portion of the news report or article should be edited or deleted.
  • The whole article will be deleted if the entire news report contains false, inaccurate information.
  Respect Intellectual Property Rights
  • A. Copyright in text, photographs, plans, diagrams, cartoons, etc., must be respected. Our Editors should take prior permission if copyrighted material is used, and the publication must acknowledge moral and ownership rights.
  • B. If permission requires a fee or royalty payment, khabarbharattak will pay the same.
  • C. Trade Marks and Service Marks of third parties not to be used except with prior permission or if such use constitutes fair use.
  • D. In case of intellectual property infringement – upon receiving any request and getting the necessary documents, Our Editors should edit the concerned content, delete or take it down if necessary.
 
  • Care to be taken for reporting sensational matters and crime. We must preserve the presumption of innocence. Comments and speculation on evidence, witness and witness conduct, accused and victim and their behavior are to be avoided. Such reporting should be based on facts and unbiased.
  • Special care should be taken while reporting sexual harassment in the workplace, child abuse, rape, where accused or victims are minors, matrimonial, riots, communal disputes/clashes, divorce and custody cases, adoption matters, etc.
  • Care to follow Sections 67, 67A, and 67B of the Information Technology Act, 2000, where applicable — which provide penalties for publishing or transmitting obscene material, sexually explicit material, and material depicting children in sexually explicit acts in electronic form.
  Grievance Redressal Mechanism
  • Members –when intermediaries defined under the Information Technology Act, 2000— follow the grievance redressal mechanism outlined therein and are aware of the liabilities and safe harbor protections under Section 79 of the IT Act 2000. Hence, as relevant, they follow the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules, 2011, including appointing a grievance officer whose contact details are displayed on the website and who acts within 36 hours of receipt of the complaint by an affected person and redresses the complaint within one month from its receipt.
  Training and Awareness Programs
  • khabarbharattak Will Conduct periodic training and awareness programs with editorial staff about existing laws, including the Constitution of India, the over 30 laws relating to the media like The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, Copyright Act, Right to Information Act, relevant provisions of Indian Penal Code and CrPC, civil and criminal defamation, IPR, Juvenile justice, POCSO, applicable requirements relating to reporting on rape and molestation, harassment in the workplace, caste or gender-related crime, domestic violence, etc.
  • Photographs of victims, their residence, workplace, etc., should be avoided.
  •  Special care and caution must be exercised while reporting matters related to communal or religious disputes/clashes. Our Team shall publish such news items only after proper verification of facts. They should be presented with due caution and restraint, ensuring an environment that promotes communal harmony, amity, and peace.
  • khabarbharattak will take special care in reporting on Courts and judicial matters. Create awareness among editorial staff about legislative privileges and correct reporting of Court hearings, judicial issues, etc. Ensure that versions of the victim and accused are covered without comments.
  • Respect for privacy, especially for persons not in public life.