Trust is a precious value and asset. Most in the country
have valued the birth of independent media and consider it to be
a positive check on authoritarian tendencies in the government and
other actors of the state as well as members of the public at large.
However, media’s role in informing, educating and entertaining brings
with it a huge responsibility. Freedom is not license. The social
contract between media and its consumers however has been unwritten….until
We are truly proud to announce GEO Asool - (geo.tv/asool)
our social contract with our viewers- who are our ultimate employers.
We believe that in order to safeguard most freedoms, some freedoms
will have to be exchanged for responsibility. Some pressures are
not a restraint but a guide. We believe that having Asool is not
a cost but an investment, which in the long run pays through one’s
It is requested that you provide feedback on http://www.geo.tv/asool and [email protected] by 1st of August, 2012. Also do you know anyone who has complained
about media or GEO in particular? Please forward this email to them
This draft code will be improved based on the feedback from all
stakeholders and be formally adopted by the Network on 14th of August,
2012 which also marks the 10th Anniversary of Geo. Your role will
be critical and crucial.
We believe after releasing our promise to the public we are binding
ourselves. Public pressure, through monitoring and feedback, will
help our adherence and resolve to these guiding principles.
Feedback day kar GEO!
Kiyon Kay Yeh Asool Ki Baat Hey,
P.S.: GEO Asool documents have been compiled after a committee of
reporters, hosts and members of our group’s editorial and management
team, vetted seven different codes of conduct from reputable media
and regulatory bodies across the world. Some of the best minds in
the profession openly debated on what principles should bind us
and keep us on the right path. However we believe that the draft
documents contain many blind spots, and some parts may even be too
idealistic in our context. Your feedback will show us the way.
Geo Asool comprises of 4 sections:
GEO Manifesto - Our values, goals and declared biases
This is the macro vision, the grand architecture plan that explains
all our values and our goals as well as our likes and dislikes as
an institution. This contains macro position statements on critical
issues and sensitive issues and also contains macro policy guidelines
from which we created the Internal Code of Conduct, Guidelines and
Best Practices- Guidelines on how Geo Manifesto translates day-to-day
These are tactical form of the strategic document, which is used
to derive the operational guidelines and best practices that will
help our producers, reporters and anchors execute and maintain our
overall editorial policy and uphold our Asools.
TeamGEO Ethical Journalism Handbook
This is an internal ethics guidance document for journalists/TeamGeo
members to use derived from best local and international practices.
Monitoring and Implementing Procedure: How we will monitor and implement
This document indicates how the macro/strategic policy vision as
well as the tactical guidelines and best practices will be ensured
in execution. The process flow and standard operating procedure
is laid out through which different stages and steps ensure monitoring
and compliance to the editorial policy of the institution.