The RINJ Foundation is a non-profit civil society corporation based in Canada.
RINJ, RINJ Campaign, RINJ Press, Feminine-Perspective, are registered operating names of The RINJ Foundation.
The RINJ Foundation is pledged to an aggressive, responsible and fair pursuit of the truth without fear of any special interest, and with favour to none.
Writers and editors are pledged to approach every assignment with the fairness of open minds and without prior judgment. The search for opposing views is routine. Comment from persons accused or challenged in stories must be included. The motives of those who press their views upon us must routinely be examined, and it must be recognized that those motives can be noble or ignoble, obvious or ulterior.
We fully recognize that the power we have inherited from our parent organization carries with it special responsibilities:
to listen to the voiceless,
to avoid any and all acts of arrogance, and
to face the public politely and candidly.
A. Conflict of interest
B. The writer’s role
D. Attribution of sources
E. Plagiarism and credit
H. International and community interest
A. Conflict of Interest
The RINJ Foundation website is pledged to avoid conflict of interest or the appearance of conflict of interest, wherever and whenever possible. We have adopted stringent policies on these issues.
We write for no one except The RINJ Foundation website and The RINJ Foundation;s publications without permission from supervisors. .
We make every reasonable effort to be free of obligation to news sources and to special interests. We must be wary of entanglement with those whose positions render them likely to be subjects of journalistic interest and examination. Our private behaviour as well as our professional behaviour must not bring discredit to our profession or to The Post.
B. The Writer’s Role
Although it has become increasingly difficult for this The RINJ Foundation website and for the press generally to do so since Watergate, reporters should make every effort to remain in the audience, to stay off the stage, to report the news, not to make the news.
In gathering news, reporters will not misrepresent their identity. They will not identify themselves as police officers, physicians or anything other than journalists.
This website is pledged to minimize the number of errors we make and to correct those that occur. Accuracy is our goal; candour is our defence. Persons who call errors to our attention must be accorded a respectful hearing.
D. Attribution of Sources
The RINJ Foundation is pledged to disclose the source of all information when at all possible. When we agree to protect a source’s identity, that identity will not be made known to anyone.
Before any information is accepted without full attribution, reporters must make every reasonable effort to get it on the record. If that is not possible, reporters should consider seeking the information elsewhere. If that in turn is not possible, reporters should request an on-the-record reason for concealing the source’s identity and should include the reason in the story.
The RINJ Foundation will not knowingly disclose the identities of patients except under clearly authorized circumstances and only for the purpose of sharing educational information.
E. Plagiarism and Credit
Attribution of material from other media outlets and other media must be total. It is the policy of this website to give credit to other publications that develop exclusive stories worthy of coverage.
Reporters and editors of The Post are committed to fairness. While arguments about objectivity are endless, the concept of fairness is something that editors and reporters can easily understand and pursue. Fairness results from a few simple practices:
No story is fair if it omits facts of major importance or significance. Fairness includes completeness.
No story is fair if it includes essentially irrelevant information at the expense of significant facts. Fairness includes relevance.
No story is fair if it consciously or unconsciously misleads or even deceives the reader. Fairness includes honesty - leveling with the reader.
No story is fair if reporters hide their biases or emotions behind such subtly pejorative words as 'refused,' 'despite,' 'quietly,' 'admit' and 'massive.' Fairness requires straightforwardness ahead of flashiness.
On this media outlet, the separation of news columns from the editorial and opposite-editorial pages is solemn and complete. This separation is intended to serve the reader who is entitled to the facts in the news columns and to opinions on the editorial and 'op-ed' pages. But nothing in this separation of functions is intended to eliminate from the news columns honest, in-depth reporting, or analysis or commentary when plainly labeled.
H. The Civil Society Interest
The RINJ Foundation is vitally concerned with humanitarian interest and with the community interest. We believe these interests are best served by the widest possible dissemination of information.
The RINJ Foundation as a website respects taste and decency, understanding that society’s concepts of taste and decency are constantly changing. A word offensive to the last generation can be part of the next generation’s common vocabulary. But we shall avoid prurience. We shall avoid profanities and obscenities unless their use is so essential to a story of significance that its meaning is lost without them. In no case shall obscenities be used without the approval of the executive editor or the managing editor or his deputy. See Chapter 5, 'Using the Language,' for guidance on particular words or terms that may be sensitive.
The first mission of a website is to tell the truth as nearly as the truth may be ascertained.
The The RINJ Foundation website shall tell ALL the truth so far as it can learn it, concerning the important affairs of America and the world.
As a sharer of the news, The RINJ Foundation shall observe the decencies that are obligatory.
What it publishes shall be fit reading for the young as well as for the old.
The media outlet’s duty is to its readers and to the public at large, and not to the private interests of the owner.
In the pursuit of truth, the The RINJ Foundation website shall be prepared to make sacrifices of its material fortunes, if such course be necessary for the public good. The The RINJ Foundation website shall not be the ally of any special interest, but shall be fair and free and wholesome in its outlook on public affairs and public men.
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RINJ operates 100% on funds from private funders to ensure RINJ
- freedom to offer humanitarian assistance when & where needed; &
- maintain RINJ independence from political, religious & economic influence.
RINJ volunteers provide assistance to women and children in distress, to survivors of natural or man-made disasters & to victims of armed conflict. RINJ fills its role regardless of race, religion, creed or political convictions.
- RINJ volunteers observe neutrality and impartiality in the name of universal medical ethics; the rule of law; and the universal right to humanitarian assistance.
- RINJ claims full & unfettered freedom in the exercise of its functions.
- RINJ volunteer/members undertake to respect professional codes of ethical standards & maintain independence from political, economic or religious powers.
- RINJ volunteers/members understand the risks and dangers of the missions they carry out and make no claim for themselves or their assigns for any form of compensation other than that which The RINJ Foundation might be able to afford them.
- Impartiality & neutrality are not equal to silence. When RINJ workers witness extreme acts of violence against individuals or groups, the organisation may speak out publicly. RINJ may seek to bring attention to extreme need and unacceptable suffering when access to justice or lifesaving medical care is impeded, when medical facilities come under threat, when crises like rape for the purpose of genocide are neglected, or when the provision of aid is inadequate or abused.