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Deontology of information and the programs

Fields covered by the deontology and the missions of the Council

The deontology of the audio-visual contents understands seven great fields identified by the Council on the basis of legal and conventional text:  

The respect of the human dignity

Guarantor of the respect of the human dignity, the Council intervened in order to prohibit the diffusion of emissions in which the person was lowered with the row of object. The humiliating and degrading acts, kindness in the evocation of the human suffering, the non-observance of late, the instrumentalisation of the human body concern this field.

Safeguard of the public order

Any incentive with dangerous, delinquent or unpatriotique behaviors is liable to sanction.

The public health is a component of the public order. The Council has the role of taking care of the respect of the provisions of the Public health code. It thus adopted in 2008 a deliberation regulating the exposure of illicit drugs, the tobacco and alcoholic beverages. Any image incentive with the consumption of these products or developing them is prohibited.

The fight against discriminations

The law of 1986 interdict more precisely the incentive with hatred or violence for reasons of race, of sex, manners, of religion or nationality. The Council intervened on several occasions with services of radio and television to sanction such remarks, that is to say because they were held by the presenters themselves, are because they emanated from the listeners or the televiewers and that the presenters of the emission had not intervened to stop or moderate these remarks.

In 2009, the Council published a report on the fight against racism and the anti-semitism in the audio-visual mediums in which it mentions its activity on the matter and also puts forth proposals to accentuate the action of the media in favour of the fight against racism and the anti-semitism.

The honesty and the independence of information

The editors are in particular held to check and give the source of their information, to show honesty and of rigour in their presentation and their treatment and to avoid inducing the televiewer in error. They must take care that the data transmission which they diffuse is carried out under conditions which guarantee the independence of information, in particular with regard to the economic interests of their shareholders.

Treatment of the legal affairs

The editors must give a special attention to the respect of the presumption of innocence, with the anonymity of the juvenile delinquents. They must also take care to treat this business with measurement, rigour, honesty and by respecting the pluralism from the points of view.

The respect of the right to the private life

The Council contributes to the respect of the rights of the person relative to her private life, its image, its honor and its reputation, such as they are defined by the law and jurisprudence, which prohibits in particular the insult and defamation. When it is seized by complaints of the interested parties, the Council can intervene to protect their personal rights.

 An important stage in the field of the respect of the rights to the image and the lapse of memory of the people implied in lawsuits in progress or passed was reached thanks to the signature, on August 2nd, 2011, of a convention of partnership between the President of the CSA and the general Controller of the places of loss of liberty, guarantor of the basic rights of the private people of freedom.
This agreement aims at facilitating the treatment of the files and collaboration within the framework of work of shared interest.

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