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Rights and obligations Do 'and let': What journalists should be allowed to do

5. Be careful

Just as a baker shouldn't make his bread with cement and pilots shouldn't do series at work, journalists should also do their job carefully and conscientiously. Anyone who wants to sound professional speaks of journalistic due diligence. This includes always writing down everything that you know and appears relevant to a topic, and not leaving out about half because it is about to have lunch or because it does not fit into the trend. In addition, journalists always have to hear the other side: tenants and landlords. Government and opposition. Lifeguard and butt bomb polluters. "Audiatur et altera pars" ("Hear the other side") is what old Latins call it. Checking again whether the facts are correct is also part of the care package.

6. Respect boundaries

The less known someone is, the more they have a right to privacy protection. Filming someone who bathes in the sun in the park without asking their permission is not an option. However, anyone who goes to a demonstration or any other public event shouldn't be surprised if they appear in the “Tagesschau” afterwards: Anyone looking for the public must expect to find it.

Even celebrities have a right to privacy. Simply reporting about your families and leisure activities is not allowed - unless: You dragged them into public yourself, or there is a public interest in seeing the mayor in swimming trunks (the thing with the swimming pool, financed from the city treasury , we remember). What exactly goes in order and when, will again be decided on a case-by-case basis in court.

7. Do it halfway

Special protection is available to people who end up in court. Negotiations are public in Germany; therefore journalists are also allowed to report on it. The people who appear there still have a right to the protection of their personalities. In the case of victims of crime, journalists are not allowed to report anything that makes them clearly identifiable. In a small town, it can be enough to know that a 48-year-old engineer was the victim of a robbery so that everyone knows who it is about. Then it is important to refrain from stating your age and job and simply write “Woman” or “Affected”.

Offenders also have rights. First of all, that they are called suspects rather than perpetrators until their guilt has been clearly proven. Journalists are not there to make preliminary judgments, but to provide neutral information.

8. Think how your mother would think about it

Not everything that journalists may and may not be found in legal texts. Some things are simply a question of a good nursery. Do not abuse anyone, do not spread untruths, do not let themselves be bought - things like that. The press code offers a reminder for things that simply do not work at all: a code of honor that media professionals have given themselves. But this is what -Spoiler is dedicated to! - an episode of its own in this beautiful series.