Our broadcast and online stories and programs must be accurate, fair, and balanced.
A variety of ideas and opinions
We must maintain a calm, dispassionate tone and avoid polemics, propaganda, or slurs directed against any persons, groups, or governments. We will not preach or talk down to our listeners.
We must not incite listeners to violence or encourage acts of rebellion or emigration. We provide a forum for a variety of ideas and opinions.
Both online editors and broadcasters must ensure that no story that airs or that is published on the Web site is based on rumor or unsubstantiated information. Whenever possible, we must seek more than one source for a story.
We must remain independent of any political party, opposition group, exile organization, or religious body and we shall not advocate any political viewpoint.
We must clearly identify outside contributors, stating at the end of their commentaries that the opinions they express are not necessarily those of RFA.
RFA employees may accept no gifts or free trips from news sources.
When we obtain stories from other news organizations, we will give them full credit.
When we make a mistake on the air or online, we will acknowledge the error to our listeners and visitors and issue a correction.
We must not take on work ouside of RFA that would infringe on our responsibilities to RFA. Anyone who assumes a major outside responsibility, including speeches or other public appearances related to the activities of RFA, must obtain prior clearance.
Outside contractors adhere to our standards
In gathering information for a story, our reporters will not represent themselves as anything other than RFA journalists.We will contract some work out to individual experts, such as writers, literary critics, historians and others. In each case we will retain the right to edit their work and decide what goes on the air or the Web site. Outside contractors should adhere to our standards of journalistic ethics.